Best Case: No. 1 in Pacific and Western Conference
It starts with a division title and ends with a win in their final playoff game. However, the Kings haven't won their division since 1990-91, their first and only division crown. In fact, since they went to the finals in 1993, the Kings have finished third or worse in the Pacific in all but three seasons.
To secure a division title and home ice for at least a portion of the playoffs, the Kings need to get off to a good start and play consistently throughout the season. It sounds obvious, but it's something they have failed to do in each of the past two years.
LA needs solid production from all six players on the top two lines and a power play which scores on at least 20 percent of its chances. Smart, physical play from the defense and, of course, great goaltending from Jonathan Quick are all keys to success.
Worst Case: No. 4 in Pacific and No. 7 in Western Conference
Forget the 2011-12 playoffs for a moment and look back on that regular season. A repeat of that campaign is the worst-case scenario for the club in 2013-14.
The Kings finished 29th in the league in goals per game, and with 95 points they just snuck into the playoffs as the eighth seed in the West. Quick was the only bright spot on a team that failed to meet even the lowest expectations.
This season it will take a combination of average goaltending from Quick, a lack of goal scoring five-on-five and a weak power play for the Kings to end up a wild-card team. Also, injuries could play a factor specifically if veteran players like Willie Mitchell and Jarret Stoll were to miss a lot of time.