The full second half of today’s practice was spent on special teams. One power-play and one penalty-kill unit went to opposite ends of the rink and took turns doing drills while coaches looked on. Few will be surprised to read that the penalty-kill units got the better of the matchups… The Kings enter today’s games ranked 21st in power-play efficiency and sixth in penalty-kill efficiency. After practice, Murray was asked — as he is near-daily — about the importance of special teams.
MURRAY: “We had a team meeting, before the practice, about our team play, and then some time was spent on special teams, power play, in the video review. We need to give it some time. Obviously it’s a very important part of the game, and the power play, in particular, has been off. We need to get that, to make a difference in some games, some nights. It really hasn’t won us a game recently, and that would be nice.”