Yes, you can say with assurance that Kings left wing Milan Lucic is ahead of schedule.
Miles ahead, in fact.
Lucic scored his 10th goal of the season and third in the last two days, helping lead the Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Last season, Lucic, then with the Boston Bruins, didn't score his first goal until Oct. 23, didn't get his 10th until Jan. 29, and finished with 18. He was traded to the Kings in late June.
“It just goes to show how frustrating a season can go,” Lucic said. “When you get down on yourself and your game, you start to feel the pressure and stuff like that....