The Kings have had great success in the postseason in recent years, including their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2012.
Regular-season triumphs, however, have been few and far between. That will change in the 2013-14 campaign, when they will be the team to beat in the new-look Pacific Division.
Watch for the Kings to make a big statement in their season series with the defending division champion Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings match up well against their rivals because of their physical, defensive play, which can slow down Anaheim's stars. The Kings have a number of two-way forwards who can establish a good forecheck, but also limit Ryan Getzlaf and Cory Perry's scoring chances.
Moreover, highly skilled young defensemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov lead a deep group of blueliners who are all capable of taking on Anaheim's top two lines.
The Kings went 2-1-1 against the Ducks last season, with their only regulation loss coming early in the year when they were struggling mightily.
Three of their five meetings will be in L.A. this season, although just two will be played at the Staples Center. Dodger Stadium will play host to an outdoor contest between the two California clubs on Jan. 25, 2014.