Homecoming might not be enough to fix all that’s wrong with struggling Kings

The Kings went 2-5-1 during their Grammys Trip, which included a loss to the Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Saturday. They began the trip with a victory over the St. Louis Blues, then lost five in a row before posting a victory Monday at San Jose followed by a loss Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Returning to Staples Center should be helpful in turning around the Kings’ sagging fortunes.

Or maybe not.

Here’s what Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked about a possible energy boost from Thursday’s homecoming: “Why would that make any difference? What are they, machines? I mean, why? We played two games in 36 hours, so why would they? I mean, why do you all of a sudden get energy because you’re at home?”

The Kings’ upcoming schedule isn’t an easy one. During a four-game homestand that leads into the Olympic break, they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 6.


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