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5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Kings Are the NHL’s New Dynasty

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Los Angeles Kings: NHL's New Dynasty

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Now having won two Stanley Cups in the last three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings are the NHL's newest dynasty. The definition word, of course, is relative; increased parity in today's NHL as compared to the league of years past necessitates an adjustment in the word's meaning. Here are five reasons why the 2013-14 Stanley Cup champion Kings have risen to the top of the dynasty mountain.

5. Defensive Excellence

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5. Defensive Excellence

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Los Angeles' defense starts and ends with Drew Doughty, who is the best defenseman on the roster at essentially every measurable skill. He's hardly alone, though; the improvement of Jake Muzzin this season was a boon to LA, and Willie Mitchell is as solid a stay-at-home player as ever. Darryl Sutter has had this team locking things down in its own zone for three years running, and there's no sign of that changing anytime soon.

4. Dominant Forward Depth

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4. Dominant Forward Depth

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Having a playoff monster like Justin Williams playing on one of the bottom two forward lines is beyond a mere luxury; it's simply absurd. Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards help round out LA's bottom six, which is likely the best in the NHL. It's not hard to see why Sutter is so comfortable giving his third and fourth lines regular shifts during overtime playoff games. LA's depth supplements their already-great top six incredibly well.

3. Superiority At Center

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3. Superiority At Center

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The Kings boast one of the league's top three two-way centers in Anze Kopitar, but he is just the tip of the iceberg; Jeff Carter, Stoll and Richards join Kopitar to create a tetrad of centers who can perhaps be rivaled only by the San Jose Sharks. Centers are the most important players on the ice other than goaltenders for rather intuitive reasons; their position dictates making an impact at both ends of the ice.

2. Team Speed

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2. Team Speed

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After losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final in 2013 due primarily to not being able to keep up with them, the Kings got much faster at forward in time for 2014. Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are two of the NHL's quicker players, and they ran roughshod over the Blackhawks in particular. Speed and puck possession dominate today's NHL, and the Kings are at the forefront of it.

1. LA Dethroned the Other Potential Dynasty

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1. LA Dethroned the Other Potential Dynasty

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En route to capturing the 2014 Stanley Cup, the Kings took down Chicago, the only other NHL team for which there was a reasonable argument to toss around the "D" word. The Blackhawks have two Cups in five years after losing to LA, while the Kings now have two in just three years. Next season will be an interesting battle between the two, but for now Los Angeles is the sole claimant to the dynasty moniker.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.