Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 4/30/13
The Los Angeles Kings assembled a large, bulldozing team as last season progressed. Along the way they smashed the Blues and swept them out of the playoffs.“Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup based on their board play last year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock observed. “They won the board battles against every team.”The Kings still play a heavy game, in today’s parlance, but so do the Blues.“They’ve got a big, strong, physical team,” Kings captain Dustin Brown said Monday after noon after his practiced at Scottrade Center. “Their goalie is playing well. It’s a matter of just focusing on what we need to do and making it difficult for them.”The Kings’ evolution began last season when powerful young wingers Jordan Nolan and Dwight King graduated from the American Hockey League. Their robust fore-checking helped the Kings tilt the ice against opponents and sustain pressure in the offensive end.Cornerstone defenseman Drew Doughty played bigger as the stakes grew. Rangy forward Jeff Carter arrived
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