By PowerPlayCJ @powerplaywithcj on August 18, 2014
Part of why the Los Angeles Kings have won two of the last three Stanley Cups has been the way they handle other teams physically. This type of tenacity makes them tough to game plan against and even tougher to play against. It’s no secret the Kings have constructed a team of players that fit this mold in order to play this style to a tee.
Clifford stepped up offensively in the Stanley Cup Final but was laying out defenders long before the Final. His 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame makes him a legitimate heavyweight and he can throw down with the best fighters in the league. The type of tenacity is what makes Clifford one of the cogs in the machine that is the Los Angeles Kings.
The veteran defender has surely lost a step, but going against him is absolutely no picnic. Few players have thrown as many hits or blocked as many shots in the last decade as Regehr has and he still has some tread left on his tires.
His dogged determination on the backcheck and shear ferocity on the forecheck, coupled with his immense, if inconsistent offensive productivity, makes Richards a matchup nightmare. Few players lower the boom like the former Kitchener Ranger and that sort of physicality makes him one of the toughest players in the Western Conference to play against.
Greene signed a four-year extension with the Kings for below market value and the Kings are sure glad he did. The former University of North Dakota star has the innate ability to turn the front of the net into a living hell for opposing forwards. That type of mindset surely makes life easier for Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones in the Kings’ crease as scoring chances are tough to come by.
Brown throws (at times illegal) hits at a rate that has made him the league’s top hitter in recent years. Brown’s ability to forecheck and wreak havoc on opposing defensemen is one of the many things he offers the team on a night in, night out basis. Like all great captains, he sets the tone for the team and his play is a microcosm of how the team likes to play every night.
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