Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, shown here during their
2014 training camp on September 19, 2014, at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — If you ask National Hockey League
players, they will usually tell you that each season, their goal is to win the Stanley Cup.
But during the first day on the ice at the Los Angeles Kings 2014 training camp, that was not the case at all.
“Make the playoffs first,” said head coach Darryl Sutter. “That’s the first significant step.”
To be sure, that formula has worked for the Kings in two out of the last three seasons.
In 2011-12, the Kings qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth as the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.
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