Storylines Emerging from Los Angeles Kings’ Predictably Tepid 2014-15 Debut

With their second championship banner raised before the game, the Los Angeles Kings laid a 4-0 egg against the San Jose Sharks to open the 2014-15 season.

This wasn’t particularly surprising.

L.A. has started slowly in head coach Darryl Sutter’s tenure. In fact, indicates the team began its first title defense in 2013 with a 3-5-2 record and 3.10 goals-against average.

Considering the Kings won four straight tilts against the Sharks on the road to last season’s Cup, it also stood to reason that San Jose would show much more intensity than its Californian rival on Wednesday night.

While it’s only been one game and the Kings have demonstrated an ability to right the ship over the long haul in three consecutive years, this result still highlighted a few storylines that could shape the early portion of the campaign.

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