For the Lightning, coming off a last-minute loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the matchup against the Kings figures to be a test of where they stand early in the season.
“We keep running into these tests,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Like, wow, this whole League is a test, I’m finding out.”
It’s hard to blame him for feeling that way. In Tampa Bay’s first five games they have faced the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and now the Los Angeles Kings.
“Again, we’re playing another team that their whole core is together,” Cooper said. “They played deep into the [postseason]. They throw four lines at you, they are big and they are strong.”
Source: Lonnie Hartman, NHL.com