LA Kings Season Previews thread and Odds


Nyssa's Minion
Sep 25, 2008
They are all starting to roll out.


The Athletic is rolling by positition with Eric Stephens

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From the Mayor

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SDPN Preview

2023-24 NHL Season Preview: Los Angeles Kings Edition

Go ahead and dump all the new ones here. For my money they are all gonna say the same thing. PLD is Blakes big move, and is the goalie good enough. The biggest indicator of what we should expect comes from vegas however and they currently show the following odds

STanley cup +2000 (20-1)
Presidents cup +1800 (18-1)
Worst regular season record +20000 (200-1) Yay?
Team point total 90 points or higher -460
Team point total 100 points or higher -122
Team point total 110 points or higher +285
Team over/under Points 100.5 Over at -106, under at -120

All odds from FanDuel's sportsbook
Adding the athletic fan survey of the club

NHL front-office confidence rankings, 2023: How fans feel about every team

The graphic


The pertinent analysis:

I was a bit shocked to see the Kings grade out this low after finishing fifth last year, especially from within their own fan base. It seems as if fans have soured a bit on the team’s long-term vision and whether the quick rebuild was fruitful enough to turn this team into a legit contender rather than just a playoff team.

The difference will come down to star power and while the Kings have done their due diligence with trades for Kevin Fiala and Pierre-Luc Dubois, neither grade out as franchise players. Those types were players they should’ve found in the draft, an area that once looked like a strength but is now viewed as a weakness.

At one point in time, the Kings looked like they had the league’s best farm system, but things haven’t quite panned out that way with a lot of their prospects struggling to look like true impact players. There’s still time for some, but picking Alex Turcotte fifth ahead of Moritz Seider, Dylan Cozens, Trevor Zegras and Matt Boldy in 2019 is really starting to stand out.

There are also still issues in net that the fans are worried about. The process there feels questionable and a number of them pointed out the awful Cal Petersen contract as one major reason to feel a little less confident about the team.
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