Terry Murray wrinkles his nose at the idea of “measuring stick” games, but it’s clear that a game against the Stanley Cup champions is a natural way for a team to see where it stands. Luc Robitaille visited Penguins practice today — as did Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, who seemingly can’t get enough hockey — so I asked Robitaille about what the Kings can take from the way the Penguins rose from the bottom of the NHL to the top.
ROBITAILLE: “They’ve developed fairly quick with those young guys. They have a lot of character. You like at a guy like Sidney, he plays with a lot of integrity and character every game. I’m not sure the comparisons are fair, but I think the important thing for us right now is that way we’re playing as a team. It’s a big game tomorrow, because when you play the Stanley Cup champions, you want to beat them, but at the same time, it’s two points that we need to get in order to keep climbing. The only way we’ve got a chance to meet them in the playoffs is in the Finals, so hopefully that happens for us.”