LA Kings: Second line is critical to team scoring more goals

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The LA Kings will be relying on these three guys to score more goals in the 2020-2021 season.

With free agency nearly wrapped up, minus a few small signings, and the LA Kings roster set as well, it’s full steam ahead toward the 2020-2021 season. The league pushed the tentative start date back to January 1, from December 1, and we can only hope that’s the last time it’s moved. The Kings haven’t played since the middle of March, and the league is reportedly going to organize a minicamp for the seven teams who failed to make the playoff bubble.

Regardless of when the season gets underway, one thing is for certain. The Kings need to score more goals next season. The team finished with 177 goals last year, second-fewest in the league. Anze Kopitar led the way with 21 goals. He’s two years removed from a 35-goal season, and LA is hoping he can return to that version of himself.

The combination of Alex Iafallo, Dustin Brown, and Jeff Carter each scored 17 goals. For Iafallo, it was a career-year. For Carter, it was a year cut short due to injury. Brown will be 36 when the season begins, and there’s a chance that he could be moved down to the second line at some point this season. But for now, he remains on the first line.

If the Kings want to have any chance at a wild card spot in the playoffs, they’ll need these three players to score more goals in the 2020-2021 season.