At his core,
Lives it. Thrives on it.
Lombardi was standing in the hallway at
Development is not always an upward progression, but the three forwards, along with defenseman Brayden McNabb, offered significant contributions Tuesday in the Kings' 5-2 victory over Colorado.
"That's the fun part of about this," Lombardi said. "We think once they make it at 20, 21, 22, they're done. No way. You've got to push them, but they're good kids; they want to get better.
"They're not even in their prime. [Trevor] is just starting to enter his prime. We forget because they turn pro so young. If they've got their head in the right place and work hard, they're going to get better."
Lewis is the responsible two-way player that coaches, even a taskmaster such as Kings Coach
"A combination, right?" Lombardi said. "It's the classic case. Play good, give me more ice time. Play me more and I'll play good. If you can figure that out, let me know. It's always the case. It usually goes hand in hand."
There was never the need for full-scale change for the youngsters even when the path wasn't smooth.
"That's part of the process," Lombardi said. "All these guys have an upside and they're going to have to become consistent. Not change their game but add to their game. They're a critical part to the identity of this team and they're taking another step."
Said Kings forward
"Once you make that first one and you get away with it, then you start to be more confident with the puck, hang on to it a little bit more. That's what we need. We need playmakers."
There were several scoring changes from the Colorado game, announced Wednesday morning, that impacted two Kings goals. An assist on
The other change involved the third goal, initially credited to McNabb but changed to Clifford, with the assists going to Williams and defenseman Andrej Sekera.
After all that, Williams tied a career high for assists in a game (three), and Clifford tied a career-high for goals in a game (two). For Sekera, it was his first point since joining the Kings in a trade before the deadline. McNabb went from three points to two, meaning it was not his career high.
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