Los Angeles Hockey: Coldplay

Kings: Adjusting to the scheduling quirks

April, 20, 2012
EL SEGUNDO -- Heading into the postseason, Kings right wing Jeff Carter had appeared in 47 playoff games in his six-year NHL career. Not until this week has he been forced to wait three days between games in the same series.

The Kings last played Wednesday night in Game 4, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, 3-1, at Staples Center. They lead the best-of-seven series three-games-to-one and can finish off the top-seeded Canucks with a victory Sunday in Game 5 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5 p.m.

“We only have to win one game so I think it would be nice to get right back at it,” Carter said after practice Friday.

This latest hiatus comes on the heels of a two-day wait between Games 3 and 4 in L.A. Typically, NHL playoff games are contested every other day.

Why the long breaks?

Blame the Lakers, Clippers and the band Coldplay.

The Lakers and Clippers had home games on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and Coldplay is playing at Rogers Arena on Saturday night, forcing Game 5 to be played Sunday.

“What can you do,” said Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi. “It’s building availability.”

That doesn’t mean Scuderi likes the setup.

“You’re in the rhythm of playing, you just want to stay in that rhythm,” he said. “I’d rather just get right back at it.”

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