Feeling at home on the road
One of the oddest and longest “road trips” in recent memory comes to an end for the Kings tonight when they play at Anaheim. The run of 10 consecutive road games started on Feb. 1 in Minnesota, but between then and now, the Kings have been able to spend eight nights at home, because of the breaks between the Calgary and Pittsburgh games and the New York Islanders and Anaheim games. Terry Murray made an adjustment in order to give the Kings that eighth night. Typically, the Kings bus to Anaheim the night before a game at Honda Center and spend the night at a nearby hotel. Other Kings coaches have gone back and forth, in terms of whether to go to Anaheim the night before the game or the day of the game, but Murray had not varied from his night-before philosophy until now. Murray said his decision to alter the plan was tied to the number of nights the Kings have already spent in hotels this month.
MURRAY: “It was completely tied to the road trip. As you know, I’ve always gone down the night before the game. I believe that puts a real focus on the importance of the game. I know that the road trip was a long time away, and it’s just another night at home with their families, to sleep in their own beds for a change. We’ll go back to the normal routine after this game.”