January 31, 2012 4:30 pm

Columbus hasn’t been easy opponent for Kings

The Kings have played 17 games under Darryl Sutter and recorded at least one point in all but two of them. Here’s the real head-scratcher. One of those two regulation losses came against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team with the fewest points in the NHL, which beat the Kings 1-0 at Staples Center on Jan. 7. Beware the Blue Jackets. Yes, the Kings won 2-1 in Columbus in mid-December, but they needed two third-period goals to pull that one out. Today, Sutter talked about the loss to Columbus and what might need to change…

SUTTER: “I (re-)watched the game last night. The big thing was, we were 0-for-8 on the power play. Thirteen minutes of power play. That’s the difference in the game. Five-on-five, we were pretty good. It’s like we were telling them after the game, we outshot them 30-something [31] to 18.’’

Sutter was also asked if he accomplished what he sought out to, during the past two days of practice. The Kings practiced for approximately 40 minutes yesterday and approximately an hour today.

SUTTER: “Yeah, I think so. We’re trying to get them into a 32-game mood here. … Yesterday was more about getting their feet back under them. Today was more about getting everything worked on at the same time.’’

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