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Kings are enjoying view from the top of standings

Kings are enjoying view from the top of standings

Here's a novelty: Instead of chasing Pacific Division rivals most of the season and being forced to make a late bid to secure a playoff spot — as they did successfully in 2012 and 2014 and not so successfully last season — the Kings are leading their division.

They held a nine-point lead over second-place San Jose before the Sharks faced Ottawa on Friday night, giving them a different perspective when they look at the standings.

"It feels good. Usually we're in a dogfight," defenseman Jake Muzzin said Friday after the Kings practiced in Brossard, a suburb of Montreal, and traveled to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Saturday....

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