Eight consecutive victories easily makes the Kings the hottest team in hockey – no other team has a winning streak of more than four games. But the Kings are coming off a season in which they failed to make the playoffs, so there are still skeptics.

The Kings went 4-0-0 on their most recent trip, and Tuesday they begin another four-game swing in New Jersey. Another successful trip might further solidify the Kings as a serious contender in the eyes of the “experts.” Veteran defenseman Drew Doughty, a member of the Kings’ 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championship teams, isn’t concerned about the way his team is perceived by others. He only cares about what he and his teammates think of themselves.

“Yeah, you know, obviously, people are still going to doubt us,” Doughty said Monday after practice. “There’s always going to be people who don’t believe in the success we’re having, but we’re not too worried about those other people. We believe in each other in here and we know that what we’ve done isn’t by mistake and it’s come through hard work and improving every single day.

“We’re just going out there trying to win every single hockey game we can.”

The Devils (16-9-4, 36 points) are in third place in the Metropolitan Division, fifth in points in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers (16-11-2, 34 points) are next on Friday, then come the New York Islanders (16-10-3, 35 points) on Saturday and finally the Philadelphia Flyers (11-11-7, 29 points) on Dec. 18.