Los Angeles Kings: Will the Lockout Hurt or Help the Defending Cup Champions

September 25th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The NHL lockout will have an interesting effect on the Los Angeles Kings. It will negatively impact them in some aspects, but the extra time off could actually benefit the team in a few ways.

Just like the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, the Kings will lose a ton of the positive momentum built as a result of their first Stanley Cup title in team history because of the lockout. Support for the Kings was arguably at an all-time high during the 2012 NHL playoffs, but now the lockout could keep hockey fans away from the Staples Center for a while.

The lockout, combined with the Los Angeles Lakers' exciting acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, could lessen the interest in hockey around the city in a significant way. Just as the Kings were beginning to get some well-deserved recognition in a crowded sports city, a work stoppage is going to halt this enthusiasm.

However, from an on-ice perspective, the extra time off from the lockout will be a huge benefit for the Kings. After playing deep into June during their Stanley Cup run, the Kings players will welcome some more time to get ready for another grueling season.

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