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Kings ‘young and old’ make mistakes vs. Lightning, plus what they’re missing from Adrian Kempe – The Athletic

The Timo Meier Show followed by the Victor Hedman Show.

That’s the most efficient way to describe the last 48 hours for the Kings but we’ll look at a few others, in particular, focusing on their 6-4 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Here are 20 thoughts from the game.

1. One day after the Swiss forward, Meier, grabbed the league spotlight with his five goals in the Sharks’ 6-2 win, the Swedish defenseman, Hedman, smoothly dominated with two goals and one primary assist in 32 minutes, 27 seconds. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh called it a “phenomenal performance.”

2. That, by the way, isn’t a season-high in minutes for Hedman, the 2018 Norris Trophy winner, who happened to play 33:27 against the New York Rangers on Dec. 31.

“He’s one of the top five players in the National Hockey League, not just tonight but every night I turn on the TV,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Six-foot-six and play like that and had a huge impact on the game.”

3. Joe Smith of The Athletic explained why the Lightning were forced to play two men short, going with just four D-men and 12 forwards because of injuries and salary-cap issues.

4. Nearly two years went by between visits from the Lightning to the arena formerly known as Staples Center.

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