EL SEGUNDO, Calif. With a Stanley Cup title and two conference championship appearances since Darryl Sutter took over as coach in December of 2011, the Kings have earned their place among the NHL's elite.
Once an afterthought, they're now 12-1 favorites to win their second Stanley Cup in three seasons and picked fourth by oddsmakers behind defending champion Chicago, Pittsburgh and Boston.
Center Colin Fraser after acknowledging the wealth of talent on his team started laughing when discussing about man he feels deserves the most credit for the Kings' surge his coach, Darryl Sutter.
"He's a kick-your-ass type of coach," Fraser said with a laugh, "but I think it's a good thing when players respect their coach, to see his intensity and to know that he's been successful on both sides.
"He's been a coach for a while in the league but he also played for a long time, so he's seen both sides of the coin. I think that helps get the most out of your players. He's a smart man and he d...