It seems harsh to find fault with the Kings, who have won five straight games and will face Columbus on Sunday in the finale of a six-game homestand.
But they became Stanley Cup champions twice in three seasons by achieving high standards, and they readily acknowledge they haven't yet played as well as they can.
"I think we can definitely agree on that," center Anze Kopitar said after the team practiced Saturday in El Segundo.
"We're what, seven games in, and we should start hitting our strides. The last couple of games have been better. We've just got to build on it and stay consistent. That's what it is. You're trying to get to a point...