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Rank the Players: A Reason to Celebrate

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LA’s long-awaited return to California was a successful one.

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings needed a win to close out 2016, and they got one. Rank the Players:

Given the season-opening injury to JQ, the absences of numerous other key players, and the fact that LA has played fewer home games than every other Western Conference team... this isn’t a terrible place to be on January 1, 2017. The Kings are in a playoff spot, with a positive goal differential and three weeks of California games on the slate.

There are a few reasons 2016 didn't totally suck for the Kings, and we saw most of them in action on New Year’s Eve. Recap to come.