When a season is three games old in the NHL, there are rarely anything approaching definitive conclusions to be drawn.

The Penguins will start to score goals. The Bruins will (probably) stop leaking them. That said, there is one team accustomed to being considered among the NHL’s elite whose sluggish start might — heavy emphasis on might — be in real trouble.

The Kings have played three home games, all against teams in their division, and have lost them all. They got smoked by the Sharks, but San Jose might just need a mulligan for 2014-15 and the peculiar offseason that proceeded it.

They lost by three goals to the Coyotes, who were projected by just about everyone to be in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes, but maybe just chalk that one up to a couple bad bounces in front of goalie Jonathan Quick.

Then the Kings had three days off, and welcomed the Canucks to Staples Center. The Canucks played the night before down the I-5 freeway in Anaheim, and that game went to a shootout. This was a perfect opportunity for the Kings to pick off a tired team after working out some early kinks in practice.

The Canucks cruised to a 3-0 win, and the Kings had six shots on goal in the first 34 minutes. The Kings have allowed 12 goals in three games, and the next game they score two in will be the first.

They will have another chance against a tired team Friday, when the Wild will be in town after playing in Glenadale, Ariz., the night before.

This might be a one-week blip on the road back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings were incredibly unlucky to miss the postseason last year. It is possible, though, that this is a harbinger of more trouble ahead.

So, what might be wrong with the Kings, the team that won the Stanley Cup twice and made three straight conference finals appearances before last season? Some of the problems began before captain Dustin Brown skated over to collect the Cup for a second time in June 2014.

1. Lots of roster turnover

Both times the Kings won the Cup, general manager Dean Lombardi brought back nearly the same team the following season. The number of 2014 title winners still on the team has shrunk significantly since the start of last season.

Willie Mitchell left before it started. Slava Voynov, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll, well, more on them in a bit, but they’re all gone. Robyn Regehr retired. Martin Jones was traded. Justin Williams signed with the Capitals. Even Andrej Sekera, who was essentially a Voynov replacement at the trade deadline, ended up just being a rental after he signed with the Oilers.

That’s a lot of turnover, and that’s the not the end of the potential issues with the roster.

2. Loyal GM Dean Lombardi was burned by loyalty

The biggest mistake was obviously Richards. He had already declined and was skating on the fourth line when the Kings won in 2014, and Lombardi had a get-out-of-jail-free card to use, but didn’t. No compliance buyout for Richards, and it’s been a disaster ever since.