And it all started to unravel after the first 1 minute and 49 seconds of the season.
That, by the way, was when the first and only even-strength goal was scored by the Kings. They haven't led in a game since then, losing their first three games, in differing and disconcerting fashion.
This time, they didn't score once. The Vancouver Canucks beat the Kings, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Staples Center, sparked by second-period goals from unheralded Adam Cracknell and defenseman Alexander Edler, who scored from inside the left point. Their third goal came from Derek Dorsett, an empty-netter at 17:21 of the third.
One of the Kings, center Anze Kopitar, suggested that the team is...