After starting the season 0-3-0 and scaring those of us who expected big things from them this year, the Los Angeles Kings have turned it around -- thank you very much -- with five straight wins.
And it began with finding stability on the blue line.
Of late, Brayden McNabb has been with Drew Doughty, while Jake Muzzin has been paired with Alec Martinez, and that top four has been solid. That leaves Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain and Derek Forbort for the five-six pairing.
"I think what you do if you solidify that top four, led by Drew, and now it’s kind of calmed down that back end," said Kings assistant general manager and Hall of Famer Rob Blake on Tuesday.
"In the first three games I think we were kind of searching for the pairs. But I think it’s kind of worked itself out now."
And it goes without saying that goalie Jonathan Quick has been terrific of late as well, Blake added.
But finding that balance in the D-corps, which really was thrown into a loop last year with Slava Voynov's arrest and never really recovered, has been huge for the Kings. Once you have stability on your back end, the rest of the game can flow from there.