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LOS ANGELES -- Those two Stanley Cup title banners in the Staples Center rafters dont have dust on them just yet. Michael Frolik Flames Jersey .The Los Angeles Kings think theyre too good to go without a playoff series victory over the last two years, and theyre determined to find new ways to have the same success that made them champions.After blowing the Pacific Division title in their final game of their 102-point regular season and then getting routed in the first round by San Jose, the Kings went back to work this fall with a new captain and a renewed belief they can contend for NHL titles with essentially the same core that won it all in 2012 and 2014.Training camp has been lively in Los Angeles, where coach Darryl Sutter has returned with the same deliberate mentality about building a championship team around a tough two-way style of play. Its not an easy way to play, but their 2012 playoff rampage is the only thing the Kings ever made look easy.I dont think its any secret that the theme is competition, veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi said. This team has had tremendous success in the past. Missing the playoffs (in 2015), and then having a first-round exit and maybe not playing the way we would have liked to, I think its a fresh start. Youve got to earn your spot. No matter what your position was or what you hope it to be, youve got to earn your time.Anze Kopitar is the Kings new captain after the club stripped the C from underachieving forward Dustin Brown, who didnt exactly like the way it was all handled. Browns meager production and massive contract have kept him tethered to Los Angeles, but general manager Dean Lombardi hopes fewer responsibilities will rekindle Browns skills.The Kings will be led by Kopitar and Drew Doughty, who added his first Norris Trophy to his overflowing awards case this summer. After long stretches at the World Cup of Hockey, Kopitar and Doughty are expected to play in preseason games this week in Las Vegas, and theyll be ready to roll for the season opener in San Jose next week.Here are more things to know about the Kings:GABORIK DOWN: Oft-injured forward Marian Gaborik will be out until late November with a broken foot suffered at the World Cup, depriving the goal-hungry Kings of another offensive playmaker after Milan Lucic left for Edmonton as a free agent. At least the 34-year-old will be fresh when he returns to the lineup. Until then, the Kings hope Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli -- who is heading into a contract year -- and others will pick up the pace in an already top-heavy lineup.MUZZINS MOVE: Sure, Jake Muzzin watched most of the World Cup from the press box. Just making Canadas roster was an honor for the late-blooming Kings defenseman who averaged 40 points over the past two seasons. He could be ready to take another step forward in prominence on the Kings defensive corps, which still hasnt fully recovered from Slava Voynovs NHL flameout and Robyn Regehrs retirement. Muzzin will likely have to anchor a defensive pairing with newcomer Tom Gilbert or the winner of a camp competition for a final roster spot.AINT THAT A QUICK IN THE HEAD: Jonathan Quick returned from his World Cup stint with Team USA to post a shutout in his Kings preseason debut. He finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting last season, and the unorthodox veteran appears ready for another year of heavy workload. Few teams success is as tied to its goalie as the Kings with Quick -- and few goalies create as many conflicting opinions as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.TEDDY THERE: The cap-strapped Kings closest thing to an impact addition is Teddy Purcell, the 31-year-old left wing who played 91 games for the Kings over three seasons more than a half-decade ago. He scored a career-high 43 points last season between Edmonton and Florida, and he could fit in nicely on Kopitars left wing with Brown on the other side.TANNERS TURN: The Kings would desperately love a step forward by Tanner Pearson, the 24-year-old forward who has appeared ready for stardom at times. He scored 36 points in 79 games last season, but didnt score a goal in January during an inconsistent campaign. With few blue-chip prospects ready to help the Kings, its a good time for Pearson to reach his potential. Craig Conroy Flames Jersey . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. TJ Brodie Flames Jersey Authentic . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim. http:///...-flames-jersey-c-34/ . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.Wolves Dave Edwards thinks the race for automatic promotion from the Championship will go down to the wire, but tips Middlesbroughs Jordan Rhodes to be the difference. Boro currently lead the pack but they are only two points ahead of Burnley and Brighton with just three games left to play in the race for the automatic promotion.Rhodes arrival in January from Blackburn has helped the club reach the top of the table, scoring key goals including a brace in a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bolton on Saturday - his tally for the season is 16 goals. And Edwards has been impressed with Aitor Karankas side this term labeling them the stand out team. Highlights from Burnleys 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough Theyve been great all season and we played them earlier in the season, we actually went on nil up in that game, Edwards told Sky Sports News HQ.They had the likes of [Albert] Adomah and [Stewart] Downing on the bench and it just shows the strength of their squad.They came back and won the game 3-1 and probably out of those three teams theyve been the stand out team.Hes (Rhodes) is a terrific player and that might just be the difference when it comes down to it. Andre Gray [left] has been crucial to Burnleys promotion push Burnley enter the final three games of the season unbeaten in their last 20 league games and Wales international midfielder Edwards has refused to rule them out of the race. Dennis Wideman Flames Jersey. think its the Sean Dyche effect, he has a really well drilled team, they dont change much its the same eleven whenever they can and they are very organised and hard to break down, he said.Then you have the quality they have going forward thats going to get them goals. Andre Gray has been crucial to the Clarets promotion push and is currently top scorer in the Championship with 24 goals this season and Edwards believes he is destined for the Premier League.I have followed him (Gray) right the way through and he will definitely go on to be a big player in the Premier League I have no doubt that, said Edwards.Brighton have fought their way back in to the race for automatic promotion despite stuttering over the Christmas period going on a win-less streak of eight games after an astounding start to the season with a 21-game unbeaten run. Brighton manager Chris Hughton has seen his side fight their way back in to the race for automatic promotion Edwards believes Brightons manager Chris Hughton deserves credit for the turn-around at the club after last years disappointment.Its been a tremendous story because they started the season great going on a really long unbeaten run, said Edwards.Chris Hughton has a huge amount of credit to take for what he has done, theyve turned it around again and theyve gone on another long run.They are playing some really free-flowing football and they are definitely the in-form team at the moment.Burnley continue their push for automatic promotion this Friday when they play against Preston North End, live on Sky Sports 1. 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