The Los Angeles Kings are a team with a lot of questions.
The Los Angeles Kings are in a funny place heading into the 2020-21 NHL season.
A half-decade removed from the belle of the Pacific Division’s ball, having won two Stanley Cups in a three-year span from 2011-14, the Kings have missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and haven’t advanced past the first round since winning the cup in 2013-14.
With a “farm system” evacuated of talent at an alarming rate during that win-now fast break towards the cup, the Kings have slowly but steadily worked their way back into a bright future in no small part due to picking in the top-5 in each of the last two NHL Entry Drafts.
Will these plucky young upstarts be able to get the NHL sooner rather than later, or should Kings fans the world over pack it in for a few more back years before playoff hockey returns for another long-term run of playoff-bound seasons returns to Staples?
With that being said, there are still a few reasons to be excited about the Kings moving forward and a few notable questions that could ultimately define the franchise’s future as we push even further into the second decade of the 21st century.
4. When will the Kings’ reverse retro jerseys make their on-ice debut?
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This one isn’t so much of a “Big Question” as it is a point of genuine excitement around the franchise heading into the forthcoming season: The return of the
purple ‘forum blue’ and gold, Lakers-esque Los Angeles Kings uniforms.
Now back as part of the NHL’s exemplary reverse retro initiative where teams get to reimagine their uniforms in fun and imaginative ways, the Kings will get to wear these fantastic new/old looks for an undefined number of games, presumably without a single fan in attendance to celebrate their triumphant return.
Ideal? Not so much, but in the 2020-21 NHL season, what really is?
Whether worn for one game, two games, four, or even more, the (re)introduction of the Kings’ classic look – worn from 1967 until Wayne Gretzky/LA Raiders mania came to town in the late-80s – will surely bring some excitement, energy, and intrigue to a season that is both abbreviated and all but surely lacking in a postseason payoff.