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01-31-2014, 11:11 AM
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BallPointHammer
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Delayed Hangover

2012
Kings win cup, spend summer celebrating, roster virtually intact for next season

2012-2013
Another lockout, short season, Kings play well throughout and make it to conference finals

2013-14
Christmas day Kings are 25-9-4, since then 5-11-2

I think the pounding the Kings took from San Jose and St. Louis in last years playoffs really took its toll on the team physically. It showed against Chicago as the Kings were clearly over matched. The resulting physical and emotional toll of three hard series, plus the disappointment of not making cup finals again, along with an even shorter summer due to the extended lockout season, left the Kings ripe for a let down.

You wouldn't have believed that Christmas day. But since then the team looks worse than then did at their low point of their cup winning season. Could this be the inevitable hangover that affects the cup winner each following season?

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