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Darryl Sutter experiments, Gretz likes the Kings, and Jake Muzzin and Kyle Clifford are impressive early on. Also, various people overreacting to the Kings' slow start.

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Victor Decolongon

So, the Kings had a good night. Also, Darryl Sutter experimented with the lines yesterday. A lot. Near the end of the second, Sutter tried the following lines on the final three shifts:

Clifford-Kopitar-King
Brown-Richards-Carter
Gagne-Stoll-Williams

We'll stay tuned for what Sutter tries on Thursday. In the meantime... LINKS!

  • Sutter's experimenting, but really, he just wants Willie Mitchell back. [NBC Sports]
  • Wayne Gretzky thinks we can repeat. Go Great One. [NHL]
  • Tyler Toffoli tallied a goal and an assist in the AHL All-Star Game. [Globe and Mail]
  • Some fun stats from Quisp. [McSorley's Stick]
  • Jake Muzzin's been real good so far, real good. [Frozen Royalty]
  • Kyle Clifford has been even better. He also had his day with the Cup featured last night; check it out. [LA Kings]

Finally... want to try something fun? Google "los angeles kings" and "hangover." Even considering that the 2013 season is a short one, five games is still a small sample size, but that hasn't stopped outlets from speculating about whether the Kings are suffering from... sigh... the Stanley Cup hangover. I guess we'll indulge, though. So here are some people who thought the Kings might be in some trouble:

  • Mark Spector, who thinks that Darryl Sutter will need to buckle down and dole out some tough love... [Sportsnet]
  • The Hockey Writers, who hypothesize that the Kings' relative youth might lend itself to this struggle (but, to be fair, also noted that it might be too early to tell)... [The Hockey Writers]
  • Kevin Allen, who states that an invincible team suddenly looks ordinary. [USA Today]

And here are some people who think the Kings are going to be just fine (and did so before last night):

  • Elliott, who says there's "no evidence" of a hangover and has her case supported by Justin Williams and Dean Lombardi... [LA Times]
  • Sean McIndoe (AKA Down Goes Brown), who evaluates many teams and decides the Kings have no reason to panic... [Grantland]
  • Chris Rydburg, who expects the Kings to make the playoffs, so relax. [On the Forecheck]