Despite finishing short of their aspirations last season, the Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild added little to their respective rosters.
Instead, they're hoping their stalwarts can carry them further this year.
Coming off their most successful two-year run in franchise history, Los Angeles plays at Minnesota on Thursday night in an opener for both clubs.
The Kings made their second consecutive trip to the Western Conference finals after earning the fifth seed with a 27-16-5 record. General manager Dean Lombardi made few alterations to his roster, instead maintaining most of the core from the 2012 Stanley Cup squad.
Despite still being relatively freshly removed from that run, the Kings don't appear to be lacking in terms of motivation.
"Doing what we did in 2012 showed not only the players, but the staff and management, what it actually means and how special it is to win it," captain Dustin Brown, who signed an eight-year extension in the offseason, told the team's official...