Kings are last no more … at least in goals scored

There will be more about his topic later online at www.dailynews.com/sports and in print in the Los Angeles News Group newspapers Monday, but the Kings escaped last place in goals for when they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday for their third consecutive win and their fifth in their last six games. The Kings reached 40 goals in their 16th game of the season, passing the Minnesota Wild (37 goals as of Sunday morning), the Avalanche (39) and the Nashville Predators (39). The Kings also tied the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Edmonton Oilers.

 

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Kings center Jarret Stoll speaks about that elusive feeling of confidence

Here’s what Jarret Stoll had to say Saturday afternoon about the Kings gaining confidence as they pick up victories: “Confidence is a funny thing. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what kind of team you have, whether you’ve won or you’ve lost. Sometimes you have an eight- or nine-game winning streak and you lose one and all of a sudden your confidence dips a lot. It’s one of those things that’s funny. You’ve got to just work hard to keep it. Once you have it, you just have to roll with it and try to play well with it and get as many wins as you can.”

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Darryl Sutter talks about the Kings’ improved play from their goaltenders

Kings coach Darryl Sutter offered one reason for the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six games. Sutter said after Jonathan Quick made 23 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, “I think the competition between our goaltenders the last seven games has been significant to our team’s success. I think both guys are playing really well, and we want them to play really well to give us a chance to be a playoff team.”

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Drew Doughty’s latest role with the Kings is something new and different

Drew Doughty played on a World Junior championship team with Canada in 2008, a gold medal-winning team in the 2010 Olympics and a Stanley Cup title team with the Kings in 2012. He also was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2010.

Is he ready for a new role as a mentor to the Kings’ Kiddie Korps on the blue line?

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