Vinny Lecavalier couldn't play for the
How can someone go from the IceHogs to playing 20-plus minutes for the
Perhaps it says more about the Kings accommodating the newcomers, almost seamlessly, than the new guys trying to fit in. Scuderi was with the Kings for four seasons, including the 2012 run to the
"For the new guys coming in, it goes back a lot to the guys that have won a lot," Sutter said. "[Lucic] is the same age as a lot of the guys. He's familiar with them and it makes the adjustment easier, for sure."
Center Anze Kopitar also addressed that school of thought after Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Stars in Dallas. Scuderi was a plus-three, had two assists and logged nearly 24 minutes of ice time. Lecavalier, playing in his 1,200th
"I think we make guys feel fairly comfortable fairly quick," Kopitar said. "It's a quick transition for us. We just try to make it, again, as easy we possibly can on them. Rob's been here and he's been gone for a couple of years, but nothing has really changed since he left.
"Vinny and [Schenn] and Kris came in and they all embraced the roles. In that regard, it's lot easier for us to make them feel comfortable right away. They're all in and they know and realize what they're here for."
Sutter noted that Lecavalier responded Tuesday with a strong shift after a rough one. Something such as that doesn't escape notice up and down the lineup.
"This team has got some high standards," Lecavalier said. "We keep each other accountable, so you want to do well. When you make a mistake, you want to come back the next shift and be better.
"That's why this team has been so successful. They push each other."
KINGS NEXT UP
VS. N.Y. RANGERS
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.
Update: With backup goalie Antti Raanta getting the start against the Ducks on Wednesday, expect to see