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Check out the first segment of the LA Kings' journey to the playoffs in the 2011-2012 season.
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-- When you look back door it just shows you how most it can't be the things that the seventy. San Jose in the second -- they have so much firepower but they gave this series that's how close it is to. But most importantly Freel beat the other way for the -- He's been through a lot over the last few years. You gain another experience but honestly after back back for a number of records but the bigger -- from -- this time to get rid of it. The expectations. Very tough no -- but bigger and stronger. We accept that occurred racquet break. More importantly it was a perfect -- the I believe -- for the players and I really believe that He. That we have what it did get the job done. Everybody welcome to our case by 20112012. Pre season special on Patrick -- alongside former king and entering his 42 season as kings TV analyst Jim fox fox fired at the talks in hockey with great to be back Patrick big season coming up and the big season. The Los angles and yet -- the kings look really really good out there seems to be a different feeling going into this season what do think that is I think two major changes for the kings to areas are in the really short things up. The first one is offensive personnel the kings -- not have enough scoring last year. In the offseason they added a couple maybe more when you include Dustin Penner they didn't improve Dustin Penner. Having said that more specifically to the center position. Used to heavily cope with -- basically for offense now we have coping tar. And Richards I think you have to go all the way back to Wayne Gretzky and Bernie Nichols when you talk about 12 punch at setter offensively. The other area expectations. Are sky high for the LA kings they kept progressing over the last couple years everyone knows the LA kings. Are a solid team. Part of that expectation now it's time for the kings to drop the youth tech. It really doesn't fit any more the numbers say they're young but their experience they have to go further that's for the Los Angeles can sit right now. It used to be the case the playoffs were the end point. You know the goal now it's the start point -- only start for the playoffs they expect to go. -- well a core the main course still intact but certainly some new additions that you just mentioned let's introduce you. A couple of them of course Mike Richards. What a great player He is former Philadelphia flyer captain. -- 26 years old in his seventh season 63 playoff games a gold medalist and he's averaged 48 goals over the last four seasons of all god gave the French Canadian. 31 years old over a hundred playoffs games and also won gold for Canada 2240. Plus goal scorer. Twice and what these new addition to. Kings have that depth. Anytime He has success in the playoffs to take things from Latin. I'm Canadian I've gone through it together so I think that helps to only known each other styles on the type of guy that's gonna lead on the mason Cynthia -- might can. We have the experience of playoffs the last couple years so. Stuff that so you can add to. To it you know when He needed I think and. -- we did they give us certain identity in a certain respect. I think throughout policing to. You know class and hard work and players -- not a lot of success coming to our team. You know it not only sets. Do we need to take notice -- -- players to just within our dressing room knowing that that we've got. Know a few more. Extremely good players to to help us get an actual. With Mike Richards you have to start where. He really doesn't do anything badly every part of his game is strong offensive production. He can be a defensive shut down guy He can attack catch -- move the puck around. -- power play penalty kill all of those elements it brought with a high level of intensity. And then when you talk to people what Mike Richards they say something that sounds so obvious they just say he's a hockey player. Doesn't sound like a compliment but it's a huge compliment because He does so many things well. -- -- Gagne they both played together in the past the Philadelphia Flyers so they know each other. Still more of a question mark because of the offensive numbers -- gone -- gone down the last two seasons but he's -- as a smart two way player. Very responsible defensively he's a smooth strong skater what do you goals this season for Gagne. Would be real good. It would be great for the kids anymore would be a bonus He brings experience that speed -- the offensive production still a question mark but a good addition. At the end of last season in the case face tremendous adversity -- article Qatar -- went down with a broken ankle after 330. Consecutive. Games played which is a king's record of his march 26 in. You know that the kings managed -- go to the playoffs and battle the shark's tooth and nail but you don't the best news of all this -- -- worked so hard to get himself back and ready for the season. He appears healthy let's just show you some stats here on a logical which are of course the only. Player in the NHL. From Slovenia 2011. All star let things and scored the last four seasons and outside mentioned. Those 330. Straight games. From 072. -- eleventh get a new story going -- -- Charlie likes the way this team. -- -- top seed six as good as anybody in the early enough I mean it's going to be one of those things where didn't. Do you openings Kansas terrier won Garner I don't -- lines so we're gonna have a I -- a 123. -- really good you know really -- not. And hopefully everybody can score and it really can contribute then that's and a different helpless in the long run. -- you had to recover from a major injury in your playing career you've played with guys you've seen guys that -- had to come back from this type of an injury. How do we know -- culprits are will be ready to go it was a serious injury first of all let's say that with -- -- -- though I don't think you're gonna notice that much raid on the ice there's not going to be a huge difference. But if you want to talk a. -- getting back to complete 100%. Health. There will be issues with the rehab and there will be issues with the maintenance. You know we're experiencing swelling those types of things. How soon did you get back to 1% we talked spoke complete strength and I think it's gonna pick up about two months herself. He's already made an adjustment to escape in training camp they cut apart but hung out just recover -- He still feeling a little bit but the same time. You're not gonna notice much of a different. It's not like he's been dropped off dramatically I expect him to play every single game unless there's a big Sox setback. At the same time to get back to a 100% He still has some things ahead of them. -- takes -- appears He still has that scoring touch we'll see if there's any any mental aspect recovering from the injury as well for a guy like Dustin Penner who will be on the wing along cycle the -- on the top line it really is a physical issue I mean last year originally came over to the -- He had a bad year he's worked hard in the offseason what do you expect. From pat well he's always in a -- couple times last year we call the X-Factor I still think He is the X-Factor. He did lose about fifteen pounds there's no commitment to fitness He says he's more explosive. He's faster in the past he's had a 303060. Point season. I would say 45 point five would be real good he's going to be playing with -- -- he's going to be getting more offensive opportunities. On the power play and very in the -- -- addressed. Penner is that type of guy that is expected to go right to the front and -- He's a big man it looks like it's the new and improved. Dustin Penner right now but I still consider an X-Factor but a guy if He produces offensively. He's a real good I sure hope you're right it's one of those contract years you often hear about that -- -- a guy inspired. To play a little bit better bubbles you that works out when we come back well we're gonna talk to Terry Murray. But just got to give fox is a great conversation with the head coach also. Defense. A lot of strength coming back there. Drew Doughty conversation and goaltenders coming up next on in the slot.