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EL SEGUNDO Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings believe they are still Stanley Cup contenders, even after being swept by the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in the first round. How close they are to that goal might be reflected in how negotiations go with defenseman Drew Doughty this summer.General manager Rob Blake said Friday that working out a contract extension with Doughty is the team’s top priority. The Kings and Doughty can begin holding talks on July 1, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.”I always wanted to be an LA King and I want to stay an LA King,” Doughty said.Doughty is one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy presented to the league’s top defenseman after winning it in 2016. He had 10 goals and 50 assists in his most productive NHL season yet, but Doughty believes he can still improve his scoring output.”I wasn’t too happy with my goal totals this year,” Doughty said. ”I think I only maybe scored one or two one-timer goals, which in my career probably half of my goals are one-timer goals, so I was pretty disappointed about that this year. I can definitely improve on that and have an even better season and hopefully set some new career-highs.”The Kings scored just three goals in four games against the Golden Knights. Developing a more reliable offense is the one glaring weakness that needs be addressed, and lifting the Stanley Cup for the third time is a reasonable goal provided it gets solved going into next season.”Everybody is still here that was here in ’14 and almost in ’12 for that matter, too, so we’re not that far off,” center Anze Kopitar said. ”It’s going to take a lot of work Authentic Teuvo Teravainen Jersey , yes, but we’re not far off.”CAREER YEARSKopitar set personal bests with 35 goals and 57 assists while averaging a career-high 22:05 of playing time. His 92 points represented a 40-point improvement over his lackluster 2016-17, leading Kopitar to joke he is ”aging like wine.” Dustin Brown had 61 points to top his previous high of 60 set in 2007-08, his fourth season in the league. Doughty broke free with 60 points after reaching the 50-point plateau once in the previous seven seasons. Doughty’s usual defensive partner, Jake Muzzin, had 42 points. Even depth forward Trevor Lewis got into the act with 26 points and 14 goals in his most productive campaign.FORWARD THINKINGRookie Adrian Kempe was fourth on the team with 16 goals despite not finding the back of the net in the final 29 games of the regular season. Stepping in at center when Jeff Carter missed 55 games following surgery to repair a cut tendon in his ankle, Kempe showed a surprising toughness to go along with his natural quickness. If Kempe can continue to develop, he could decrease the reliance on Kopitar, who will be 31 when next season starts, and the 33-year-old Carter.”I’m pretty sure he’ll be the first one to tell you he can offer more, and that’s a learning process,” Kopitar said. ”That’s his first full year in the league. Speaking from experience Womens Victor Rask Jersey , it takes a little bit of time to figure out your routines and what’s working for you and what’s not.”LOOKING FOR DEPTHShort of dealing in the offseason, the Kings should return essentially the same roster next season. Speedy forward Tobias Rieder is a restricted free agent, and Torrey Mitchell is an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old Rieder showed some chemistry with Carter, posting four goals and two assists in 20 games. Defensemen Christian Folin and Kevin Gravel are both unrestricted free agents.HOME IMPROVEMENT NEEDEDThe Kings went 23-15-3 at home, the second-fewest wins by a playoff team. It seemed like they were getting better as the season went on, going 9-4-0 down the stretch, only to lose both home playoff games and fall to 0-5 at Staples Center in their last two postseasons. Their 118 goals at home in the regular season was tied for 21st in the NHL. The power play contributed 25 percent of that output, underscoring the need for 5-on-5 improvement.COMING ATTRACTIONClearly in need of more contributors on offense, center Gabriel Vilardi could be an option for the Kings next season. Selected No. 11 overall in the 2017 draft, Vilardi has been a force in the OHL playoffs with 11 goals and nine assists in his first 12 postseason games. Vilardi also has the size and 200-foot game that fit a Kings team that still emphasizes defense.— CALGARY, Alberta — A solid outing in practice on Thursday has earned goalie Mike Smith the nod in net for the Calgary Flames against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.“Outstanding today,” said Calgary coach Bill Peters in regards to Smith’s effort in practice. “He’s going to start (Friday) against L.A.”Although Smith stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced to backstop Calgary to a 6-1 road win over the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday Alex DeBrincat Jersey , it was David Rittich who was in the net for the Flames (14-9-2) on Wednesday at home when they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Dallas Stars.Article continues below ...Smith’s positive attitude in practice — despite his less-than-stellar 6-7-1 record to go with a 3.29 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage — has earned him a shot to get back between the pipes to build on his last outing.“Over the last couple weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of good work in,” said Smith on Thursday. “I’m feeling comfortable in the net and it’s just about going out there and doing it in a game. Definitely Arizona was better and something to build off, and I’m excited to get back in there and help this team.”His solid showing on Thursday, albeit in non-game action, has given Smith another measure of confidence heading into Friday’s game.“It starts in practice, really,” he said. “If you’re lacking confidence, you gain it in practice. That’s how it goes. If you’re feeling good, you want to keep that going. I’ve always been a believer in how important practice time is and how it can transfer over into games. That goes without saying: You want to make saves, whether it’s in practice or games. It’s contagious, so you want to keep it up.”While the Flames had Thursday night off Cam Atkinson Jersey Kids , the Kings (9-15-1) were in action in Edmonton against the Oilers in search of their first three-game winning streak of the season.Instead, Edmonton defenseman Oscar Klefbom scored with 2:20 remaining in the third period to lead the Oilers to a 3-2 win to avenge a 5-2 road loss they suffered against the Kings four nights earlier in L.A. Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for L.A. on Thursday, while goalie Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his return to action for the Kings after missing the past dozen games with a lower-body injury.“It sucks,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told Fox Sports West after the setback. “We really gave it our all. We played with a lot of heart and emotion and that’s what you want from your team. If we play more games like that, we’re going to get more wins.”In Quick’s absence, rookie netminder Cal Petersen filled in nicely as he compiled a 4-3-0 record to go with a 2.46 GAA, a .927 save percentage and one shutout. Since the Kings are playing games on back-to-back nights, it’s likely that Petersen will get the start on Friday against the Flames.“It’s about the team game,” Doughty said. “We’ve got to go into Calgary (on Friday) and get a win, so that’s all we’re focused on.”
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