The consensus is that the Stanley Cup champion Kings will open the 2013 season on Saturday, Jan. 19, with a nooner against Chicago at Staples Center. And the Ducks will go to Vancouver on the same night, starting a 48-game regular-season sprint toward the playoffs.
But then, no schedule has been released. Yet. Because the NHLPA has yet to get ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement. Officially.
With that, no official practices can take place — except the Kings had 10 players take the ice at their El Segundo facility for an hour this morning between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., skating and doing drills on their own. The group included captain Dustin Brown as well as Jonathan Bernier, Dwight King, Jordan Nolan, Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson, Alec Martinez and Jarret Stoll.
King and Nolan took time to sign autographs for Jr. Kings teams that were using the adjoining rink for their practices.