Thursday, November 18, 2010
Kings: Looking to repeat last Eastern swing
By Dan Arritt
Time to break out the parka.
The Kings landed in Buffalo, N.Y., this afternoon, where the high temperature today was a balmy 44 degrees ... balmy if you live in Buffalo, that is.
A dose of some traditional hockey weather might just be what the Kings need to get their minds’ back on track. They enter this four-game road trip beginning Friday against the Sabres riding a mistake-filled two-game losing streak, their first of the young season.
Before that, they had won six in a row.
The last time the Kings (12-5-0) headed east for an extended road trip, at the end of January, they brought with them a four-game winning streak, then swept the five-game trip through Detroit, Toronto, Columbus, Boston and New Jersey to stretch their win streak to a franchise-best nine game.
There’s no reason to believe they can’t re-establish their winning ways.
This time around, the Kings will face a Buffalo team that’s just 2-6-1 at HSBC Arena, which only rivals New Jersey (1-5-2) for the worst home record in the NHL.
After that, they’ll play the Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden. While that sounds intimidating, the Kings have defeated the Bruins on their home ice the last two years, both times coming from behind in the third period.
And then it’s onto Ottawa for a game Monday against the Senators, who are 1-8-1 against the Kings in their last 10 meetings. The game will come a little more than a week after the death of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of Ottawa assistant coach Luke Richardson. The Senators played Wednesday night, a few hours after her funeral, and lost at Carolina, 7-1.
The road trip will then wrap up Wednesday in Montreal in what should be a playoff-type atmosphere. Little else gets Western Conference teams more fired up than a date with the Canadians.
In the above video, goalie Jonathan Quick, center Anze Kopitar and coach Terry Murray discuss the trip following their loss Wednesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.