No team in the NHL has racked up as many frequent-flier miles as the Kings so far this season. But that changes dramatically starting Saturday afternoon, with the Kings playing host to the Colorado Avalanche and beginning a stretch of 13 of their next 16 games at Staples Center.
The Kings played only four of their first 15 games on home ice, which might or might not account for their pedestrian 7-6-2 record to begin their Stanley Cup championship defense. The Kings are 2-1-1 at Staples Center to start the season.
“It’s really good to be home,” Doughty said. “I know everyone’s excited to get this little homestand going. We’ve got a lot of big games at home. Being on the road for so long to start the season is tough. To finally get this stretch in front of the home fans … is a huge advantage for us.”