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  • Last season, we played a little game called "[x] points in [y] games, how good is that?" I'm going to incorporate that into the recaps starting now.
  • With last night's win, the Kings are 8-3-0, 16 points in 11 games. That is the third best start in franchise history, behind 1980 (9-1-1, 19 points) and 1990 (8-2-1, 17 points), and equal to 1974 (6-1-4, 16 points).
  • The Kings are one win ahead of last year's record (7-4-0, 14 points).
  • The Kings are on pace for 119 points, so if you're expecting them to stay this hot all year, it's possible I guess, but not likely. (Remember, 105 points is franchise-best.)
  • The Kings are 4-1 with Doughty, and 4-2 without Doughty.
  • Smyth continued his new policy of only scoring points at Staples. 
  • Ilya Kovalchuk, 2 shots, no points. 
  • Jonathan Quick is 1st in the league in wins (7), fourth in GAA (1.84, behind Tim Thomas, Jaroslav Halak and Brent Johnson), and third in SV% (.936, behind Thomas and Johnson). 
  • For those of you keeping track, Jonathan Bernier greeted Quick warmly in the post-win huddle of joy. They exchanged a laugh and conversed for approximately four strides before parting. The exchange is currently under video review. 
  • I'm not embarrassed to say that when I saw Ian Laperriere in a Kings jersey, I got teary-eyed.
  • Below is a chart showing the Kings goals, assists and points through 11 games, with the numbers prorated to a full 82 game schedule. 
  G A P G82 A82 P82
Justin Williams 5 6 11 37 45 82
Jarret Stoll 4 6 10 30 45 75
Anze Kopitar 3 6 9 22 45 67
Jack Johnson 0 8 8 0 60 60
Dustin Brown 5 2 7 37 15 52
Ryan Smyth 3 4 7 22 30 52
Wayne Simmonds 3 3 6 22 22 45
Michal Handzus 2 3 5 15 22 37
Willie Mitchell 1 4 5 7 30 37
Brad Richardson 3 1 4 22 7 30
Alexei Ponikarovsky 2 2 4 15 15 30
Andrei Loktionov 1 1 2 12 12 23
Davis Drewiske 0 3 3 0 22 22
Brayden Schenn 0 2 2 0 21 21
Peter Harrold 0 1 1 0 21 21
Drew Doughty 0 1 1 0 16 16
Rob Scuderi 0 2 2 0 15 15
Jake Muzzin 0 1 1 0 10 10
Matt Greene 0 0 0 0 0 0
Trevor Lewis 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Westgarth 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kyle Clifford 0 0 0 0 0 0
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  • The Kings now have four days of rest. I hate rest.