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NHL Week In Review: Kings, Blackhawks Follow Different Paths In First Week Of Season

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The Los Angeles Kings have not gotten off to a good start as they attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title.
The Los Angeles Kings have not gotten off to a good start as they attempt to defend their Stanley Cup title.

The Los Angeles Kings have not picked up where they left off.

Whatever momentum the current holders of the Stanley Cup gathered as they surprised everyone by winning it all as an eighth seed last season seems to have dissipated during the lengthy lockout.

MVP goaltender Jonathan Quick let up 12 goals in his first four games after returning from offseason back surgery.

Meanwhile, the story has been completely different in Chicago. Forward Marian Hossa fired off five goals and two assists in his first five games -- his first action since being seriously injured during Game 3 of the Western Quarterfinals.

Through the first several games of the shortened 48-game, regular-season schedule, there were a few unbeatens left. There was also still one team searching for its first victory. From the hot starts in Chicago and New Jersey to the lackluster beginnings in L.A. and Washington, D.C., here is a quick look at how each team got out of the gate:

(*All records, stats through 1/26)

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