In the age of MP3s, the Kings have actually brought back the broken record.
They dropped 2-0 in Edmonton on Friday and also never ever fully recuperated, shedding 2-1 to the Oilers, a near-identical destiny to the one that befell them at residence against Washington on Wednesday.
“We can be found in after the video game, we rest there and also we check out each various other, and also we simply keep telling the same story over and over once more,” Kings instructor Todd McLellan informed reporters.
Nonetheless, unlike a dispirited Anze Kopitar two days earlier– the group captain stated Wednesday the Kings ought to have learned lessons concerning uniformity and also hostile begins– McLellan claimed there was little for the training team to lament, specifically defensively.
“A great deal of (Edmonton’s violation) was from the outside, so we more than happy with the initiative and also we’re let down in the outcome,” McLellan told press reporters.
The Kings currently roll onto Calgary to defeat a Blaze group that won the department last period yet has actually gone down to the center of the pack. The Kings have actually won both conferences with the Flames: a complete initiative at Staples Facility and also an unusual roadway success– among just 2 this season– in the Kings’ second video game of the season.
Much will certainly be made from the Drew Doughty-Matthew Tkachuk feud, but not all that much has been claimed in breakthrough of the video game. Because of a limited schedule, the Kings did not skate in Calgary before the video game. Doughty did comment before the Edmonton game.
“I do not care to speak with their media. I don’t care to be there, to be sincere,” Doughty informed Sportsnet. “I do delight in winning there, that’s for certain. It’s enjoyable winning in Calgary.”
The Kings offered up a pair of power-play objectives to Edmonton but generally played well at even-strength. They likewise had a goal prohibited, right before Edmonton struck again, and also a tough bounce on the initial Edmonton goal.
“I think if you look at the five-on-five game tonight, we were possibly the far better group, producing even more possibilities,” Kopitar told reporters.
Kopitar gets in the game in a little bit of a cold snap, having actually not tape-recorded a factor in his past five contests, after having actually racked up 27 in his very first 24 games. Doughty’s help in Edmonton broke a six-game scoring dry spell for him.
For the Blazes, Tkachuk as well as Elias Lindholm have actually remained to lead them offensively. They will certainly have Camera Talbot between the pipelines, with the Kings most likely starting backup Jack Campbell in a back-to-back scenario.
The Kings are 2-11-1 on the road this period. Their success in Calgary, in which they dashed out to a 2-0 lead and also needed overtime to win 3-2, was among the more dramatic moments of the period. It was Doughty, fittingly, that scored the game-winner. He needs much more moments like that, whether in Calgary or somewhere else.
“You have actually obtained to desire to dissatisfy the various other team’s residence group,” Doughty told Sportsnet. “That’s the best thing concerning winning on the roadway: silencing the crowd.”
Kings at Calgary
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
TV/Radio: Fox Sports West/iHeartRadio