January 31, 2012 12:25 pm

Kings keep narrow focus after long break

Darryl Sutter was typically direct when asked about the Kings’ short-term focus and goals coming out of the All-Star break.

“Columbus beat us 1-0 last time, so I think that should be our focus,” Sutter said.

Fair enough. With the Kings set to embark on a season-long six-game road trip Thursday, it might be easy to overlook Wednesday’s game against the last-place Blue Jackets. You’d have to think Sutter won’t let that happen. In general, though, it remains to be seen how the Kings will come out of their extra-long break. Will they be a step slow or will they be focused and fresh? Before the break, Sutter talked about the good that could come from it, given that his hobbled players would have a chance to rest and rehabilitate nagging injuries. Sutter was asked whether those “walking wounded” had received a chance to properly recover.

SUTTER: “Everybody I asked, or talked to, said they were good. That’s always good. … Whoever handles it the best, in terms of coming out of it in a good frame of mind, are always the guys that do the best. It gives them a chance to reload.”

Sutter also discussed what his goal was for practice in the two days leading up to tomorrow’s game against Columbus…

SUTTER: “Some system things, reinforce some things in the system. I’m not being smart when I say that the young, fast guys are still young and fast. Guys that are a little bit slower-footed, they’ve got to get their feet going again.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.