The Kings begin the final two weeks of the regular season by visiting the Sharks on Tuesday night in San Jose. It’s never an easy place to win, especially this season. The Sharks have only one loss in regulation in 20 games on home ice. They are 14-1-5 at HP Pavilion, with their only regulation defeat coming Feb. 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The King to do nothing different against the Sharks, or in any of their final six games. That’s what coach Darryl Sutter said before the team left for San Jose. Actually, a good old practice is something new and different for the Kings, who had had to balance the need for rest with must-have ice time in order to make adjustments and prepare for opponents. The Kings took Sunday off, practiced Monday and then traveled to San Jose. They play the Sharks on Tuesday, return to El Segundo for practice Wednesday, then face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. After a day off, they’ll hold a practice Saturday.
That’s a good better schedule that the Kings have had recently.
Next week, it’s gets tougher with the Kings playing their final four games, two at home and two on the road. The playoffs are scheduled to begin April 30.