Victor Rask scored his first NHL goal in the first period, and Chris Terry and Elias Lindholm had second-period scores as the Canes lead the Kings 3-1.
Rask began a rush with an alert play in the defensive zone, carried the puck through the neutral zone and passed to Zach Boychuk on the right wing. Boychuk passed cross-ice to Chris Terry as Rask roared in through the slot to take Terry's pass and score at 18:26.
On a power play early in the second, Terry scored on a one-timer for a 2-0 lead at 50 seconds of the period. Mike Richards' power-play goal trimmed the lead to 2-1, but Lindholm ripped a bullet of a shot past goalie Jonathan Quick at 16:01.
The Canes outshot the Kings 9-7 in the opening period and had other good scoring chances against goalie Jonathan Quick. In one 78-second span, Boychuk, Lindholm, Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner all had good shots, forcing Quick into hustling stops.
The Kings, 0-2-1 on their road trip, had the only power play of the first period but the Canes had the best scoring chance. Nathan Gerbe had Quick sprawling in the crease to prevent a shorthanded score.
The Canes had a power play late in the second, forcing a cross-checking penalty with some sustained offensive pressure, but the Kings killed it off.
The Canes, playing less than 24 hours after their first win of the season, again made Alex Semin and John-Michael Liles healthy scratches. Cam Ward was back in net after the 3-0 shutout of the Arizona Coyotes.
Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik rejoined the Kings lineup after being sidelined with injuries.