After starting the season with six of their first eight games on the road, the Kings return to Staples Center Saturday night to begin a stretch of eight of their next nine at home. The Kings split their first two at home, losing to the New York Rangers and defeating the Ottawa Senators.
After a long game Thursday night and a lengthy flight home after defeating the Predators 2-1 in a shootout in Nashville, there wasn’t much time for rest and relaxation. The Kings didn’t skate, but held off-ice workouts and watched some video with the coaching staff.
Well, actually team captain Dustin Brown skated with the Kings mascot for a bit while filming a public service announcement. Everyone else was ordered to stay off the ice after the team returned form its four-game trip.
“Don’t have much time to think about it,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked if coming home would rejuvenate tired muscles. “Get home in the middle of the night, re-set for (tonight) and play (tonight). … I haven’t looked too much ahead.”
The Kings play Dallas, Calgary, Phoenix and Edmonton before making a one-game trip to Phoenix and then returning to host San Jose, Nashville, Buffalo and Vancouver. Their next extended trip doesn’t begin until Nov. 12.