Michael Cammalleri

After hot start turns into a three-game skid, Anze Kopitar says Kings aren't sneaking up on anyone anymore

After hot start turns into a three-game skid, Anze Kopitar says Kings aren't sneaking up on anyone anymore

Anze Kopitar knows there are no more secrets by this time of year.

Even though it’s November, the book on teams is out and the targets on their backs are clear. The one on the Kings’ has grown to full size, in his assessment.

“Before the season, we were the L.A. Kings who missed the playoffs two out of the three years,” Kopitar said. “But at one point we were [9]-1-1. You’re not sneaking up on teams anymore. They’re ready for you.”

The Kings’ three-game losing streak has hit that home. Opponents have exploited the Kings’ inability to get out of their zone, and that’s the central theme to their first crisis of a season that began 11-2-2.

“It’s something we really...

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