Let's play trivia with
The question for the Kings' Norris Trophy contender: How many players remain on the active playing roster from the
Doughty immediately named three —
Kovalchuk left to play in Russia. Parise departed as a free agent so he could play in his home state of Minnesota. Brodeur eventually retired and joined the
The Devils have a new coach in John Hynes and a new general manager in
The Kings, meanwhile, still have Anze Kopitar,
Stability matters in a team game, according to Doughty, who said: "It means a lot, especially when you win together because it creates a bond and when you have those bonds as a player, you never want a guy to leave and you never want them to be traded."
Among the key departures from the Kings, defenseman
That's no small feat in an era of parity, when salary-cap challenges mean that hanging onto all the core pieces is not always an easy thing to do.
"When you're able to keep as much of that group together, the aura through the room is bigger — and when new guys come in, they feel like they're involved right away because we bring them into our family right away," Doughty said. "The longer you play together, the more chemistry you have, on and off the ice, and we have that. We have great chemistry in here."
Doughty has been playing alongside Scuderi and even though they played together in Scuderi's first turn with the Kings, they are learning to feed off each other again.
"I played with him a long time, but things change," Doughty said. "He's been in different systems and our system's changed, so there's a lot of things to get used to. It's not a major change, but it's definitely a little more aggressive, but he'll be fine. He'll get used to it real quick."
Even with the system tweaks Doughty mentioned, the Kings mostly adhere to a tight, defensive style of play that requires them all to be on the same page. When it's working — as it was in the first two periods of a 4-3 overtime win over the
But seeing the Devils always brings back memories of their championship breakthrough.
"Looking back, four years ago, it goes by quick," Carter said. "They've got a lot of new players but their system and their philosophy, nothing has really changed.
"They play the same way. Last time we were in there, it was a 1-0 hockey game. That's the New Jersey Devils for you."