From a scheduling standpoint, this week isn’t an easy one for the Kings to navigate. At the end of a six-city road trip, and after three games in four days, the Kings did not practice yesterday, then held a brisk 35-minute practice today. They’ll be back on the ice tomorrow for what figures to be a longer practice, then start another stretch of three games in four days, at Anaheim on Wednesday, at home against Minnesota on Thursday and at home against Colorado on Saturday (an afternoon game, which mixes things up even further).
MURRAY: “We’re just coming through a real difficult time with the schedule, a long road trip. When you come back, despite the resting and paying attention to a lot of the details when you are on the road — eating properly, resting properly — it still does have an effect on you. Yesterday being a day off, I just wanted to get refreshed. Come in and remove the lactic acid out of your body, get moving, get some skill drills put in place, high tempo, focus on the passing and the shooting, and then get yourself out of the building. There’s been a lot of emphasis put on the attention to detail, especially when you’re playing on the road like this, and I just felt it was important to move this along very quickly today.”