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Regal Rundown: Kings eyeing postseason

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Plus Kopitar’s next milestones, power rankings and more in today’s news and notes.

Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on during warm ups against the Ottawa Senators at STAPLES Center on March 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Kings might not have fully starting reaping the rewards of the rebuild, but they’re going to start the season with eyes on the prize: this is a team that wants to get back into the postseason.

“I expect us to compete really hard for a [playoff] spot like that and shame on any team that’s not approaching the season that way, us included,” Kings head coach Todd McLellan told Zach Dooley of LA Kings Insider.

“I don’t care where we ended up last year, I know who we are right now and our job is to go out and try to go out and win every game and put us in the best position possible. For our group to have that attitude, I’m happy and I’m excited about it.”

The players are buying in, too. Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Trevor Moore, Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty all chimed in on how the shortened season can help the Kings stay competitive and make a postseason push for the first time since 2018. The team hasn’t made it out of the first round since 2014, when they won the franchise’s second Stanley Cup.

Read more of their thoughts linked below.

Kings Things

  • The expectations are clear: Playoffs the goal for the Kings [LA Kings Insider]
  • Kings approach new season with playoff aspirations [LA Daily News]
  • Why Ontario Reign Preseason Will Be Ultra Important to LA Kings [Mayor’s Manor]
  • Kings’ Kopitar Aiming for Milestones in 2020-21 Season [The Hockey Writers]
  • Can Kings ‘turn the ship’ ahead of pandemic-shortened season? [LA Times]
  • Kings opening night roster: Plan for prospects, taxi squad, systems growth [The Athletic]

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