Where no one expected the Kings to succeed, perhaps their team play and goaltending is their biggest strength.
Despite a decent year last season in 44 games with the Kings, Jonathan Quick wasn't seen as much more than a prospect, or even a project when the season started, this year. Quietly, he's moved himself into a second place tie for league lead in wins with Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller and second only to, of all goalies, Martin Brodeur.
That's pretty good company for a goaltender who seemed to kind of sneak up on everyone.
His save percentage isn't in the Top 10, nor does he have any shut-outs to his credit, which can only mean one thing. The team in front of him has been pretty good at helping the cause.
The Kings don't lead any major categories, but they score more than their opponents do. As simple as that sounds, in reality, that's what makes you a winning hockey club.
The Kings rank eighth in goals per game, but 22nd in goals against. That's a large enough discrepancy that you'll see results as a team.
There's nothing flashy about their special teams, ranking 12th on the power play and a surprising 27th on the penalty kill.
So what's making this team so successful?
A combination of individual success and an overall team first attitude that seems to have caught on throughout the locker room. With a good mix of veteran leadership (the right kind might I add) and young emerging talent, the Kings are not-surprisingly surprising a few teams.