Michal Neuvirth

With a fresh voice behind the bench in Stevens, they open by shutting out Flyers

With a fresh voice behind the bench in Stevens, they open by shutting out Flyers

Every now and then Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin still expects to hear former coach Darryl Sutter’s voice in his ear, snarling and scolding about something Muzzin or his teammates did wrong. “There’s times like that,” Muzzin said, “when you’re waiting for a tongue-lashing or something.”

Sutter, who led the Kings to the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 but wore players out with his caustic criticism and unbendable focus on defense first, second and always, was fired last spring after the team’s second non-playoff finish in three seasons. His successor, John Stevens, was also his top lieutenant, so the transition was relatively smooth and the new offensive freedom he preached was agreeable...

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