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March 22, 2011 6:00 pm

Schedule provides no let-up

Almost every team in the Western Conference playoff race has some sort of schedule quirk. San Jose and Phoenix both have bizarre four-day breaks within the final two weeks of the season. Chicago still has four games against Eastern Conference teams. Anaheim still has three sets of back-to-back games. Dallas closes the season with eight games in 13 days, six of which are on the road. The Kings have nine games remaining, seven of which are against teams within the top nine of the Western Conference. In the five-team Pacific Division, no team has a lock on any particular spot, so the potential exists for great movement over the final two-plus weeks, something of which Terry Murray is well aware…

MURRAY: “There’s no let-up. It is a playoff mentality, every game. You see our practice here today. With two days between games, it’s the last opportunity we have to really just push it back up there again, to get ready for these big games. It’s 60 minutes of high intensity, where everything is important. That’s what I’m trying to push in the practice. I stopped the drill if a pass isn’t completed or we’re not executing the right way. There’s a great need to have that focus coming into this rest of the season.”

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