The Kings and their training staff are hoping that a change in philosophy will help them make strides in their effort to win a Stanley Cup this season.
Head coach Darryl Sutter said on Monday that the new approach will allow the team to focus on fundamentals, and it’s something that they’ve been doing this year.
“We’ve been working on that for a long time and I think that’s one of the big differences that we have to have.
We’re a little bit more in the process of figuring out where we want to go, and I thought the first year was great,” Sutter told reporters after practice on Monday.”
I think we’re at the beginning of the process and I’m excited to see where we go.”
Sutter, who was the head coach of the Kings from 2003 to 2005, said that there were a number of aspects of training camp that he was impressed with.
The Kings will also be bringing back several veterans that were with the team during their Stanley Cup run in 2012-13, and they have several young players who have been on the ice during the training camp.
Sutter said that the team will have a few players that will be on the roster for the first time this season, including veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic and forward Jared Spurgeon.
The Kings also have several players that have not yet been selected by the team, but that are expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday.
“One of the things we did this year was we got some really talented players that we’re going to have to play with a little longer than the normal time,” Sagger said.
“We’re going a little deeper than usual this year, and hopefully we can bring those guys in and we’ll get some of those guys into the lineup and we will have to bring them back.”
While Sutter has had success with the Kings’ top-six forwards this year — including leading the team with seven goals and 12 assists — Sutter noted that they have not had the best luck with their top-four defenseman, Anton Stralman.
Stralman is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Lightning.
The team also is working on a new power play for this season that will incorporate an electronic screen that will allow them to set up their power play with only two men in the offensive zone.
Sagger said that they’ll be able to put their power-play unit in a position to get shots and take advantage of those chances, and he added that they will continue to be flexible on the power play.
“This is a game that’s going to change and we’re really looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do,” Sanger said.