"I guess I do see why," the dynamic defenseman said Monday, after the Kings prepared for the teams' first encounter this season. "They were better than us the last few years."
The Kings have demolished those ominous predictions by sprinting to a 10-2-2 start, earning the division lead and the third-best point total in the
So much for the experts.
"We saw what those people were saying and we knew we had a better team than everyone thought," Doughty said. "We're pretty proud of how we've showed it so far but we have a lot of work left.
“We’re having so much fun. I haven’t had this much fun playing hockey since we won the
The Ducks haven’t had so jolly a time. Thinned by injuries to key defensemen and missing the leadership and experience of injured centers Ryan Getzlaf and
Tuesday’s game at
“Ducks-Kings will be good for us right now because it’s an emotional game. It’s the battle of the 405 and both teams usually get up for it,” Ducks defenseman
"The Kings are playing good hockey now. A little bit different team with the new coaching staff. A little bit more offensive puck possession, so we'll have our work cut out for us."
Carlyle said he welcomes the intensity of a rivalry matchup.
"I don't think you can play this game without emotion," he said. "We have to make sure that we contain the emotions to a level where we're doing the right things. You play with emotion and you initiate, you don't retaliate."
Like Doughty, Kings defenseman
"I know what we have here. We've had a good start and we've showed that," Martinez said. "But that said, there's still, what, high-60- something games left. We can look back and look at the start and say, 'Yeah, it's good,' but we've got a long ways to go and we've got to build on it."
That team will have fun — and two points.