The Kings’ first game against the St. Louis Blues was one of their high-water marks of the season, a 5-0 victory in the Staples Center opener on Oct. 18. Much has changed for the Blues since then. After a 6-7-0 start, they fired coach Davis Payne and hired coaching veteran Ken Hitchcock. Since then, the Blues are 4-0-2 and have allowed a total of only six regulation goals in six games. Terry Murray has often said how his teams are similar to Hitchcock-coached teams, so there should be plenty of familiarity when the teams meet again tomorrow in St. Louis.
MURRAY: “There will be a change, there’s no question. It’s going to be a harder team. I know Hitch very well. Coached with him, and I know the things he talks about and the way he demands certain parts of the game to be played. It’s not going to be a track meet. It’s going to be a trench game. You have to dig in and really battle hard.’’