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From the beginning of the season, I have been adamant that the Kings will be in the playoffs. Barring a disaster of 2006 proportions the Kings will be on the road towards a Stanley Cup. However in going 3-3-1 since the Olympic break against mostly playoff contending teams, the Kings are showing that their youth and inexperience will temper expectations come late April.

The most notable characteristic the Kings are showing is their lack of intensity on the ice at times. In Sunday’s 3-2 loss against the Nashville Predators it took the Predators scoring a goal for them to wake up from their slumber. They seem to be content on relying on what have gotten them to where they are now.

“When we play them we have a shift here and a shift there,” captain Dustin Brown said Sunday about playing the Predators. “When you have a team that plays that consistently you can’t have a shift off.”