Five things to watch with the Kings
1. Drew Doughty, 20, is a Norris Trophy favorite after finishing in the top three in his second NHL season. He has displayed a knack for raising his game a notch on a big stage, and with more expected of him and of the Kings he has another chance to step up.
2. The battle of the goaltending Jonathans will be a big story. Jonathan Quick had a terrific start last season but faded as Coach Terry Murray overplayed him, and he won only four of 17 post-Olympic starts. Jonathan Bernier, long considered the Kings' goalie of the future, is ready now. Quick was designated the No. 1 goalie, but Bernier can slide in if Quick falters. The runner-up in this duel could be traded for the forward the Kings didn't get in the off-season.
3. Speaking of the forward the Kings didn't get … five-on-five scoring was a weakness they planned to address through free agency. But while they were futilely pursuing Ilya Kovalchuk they missed out on other players who might have helped them. They can be patient now but might have to deal some assets later.