What a difference a few days can make. On Tuesday night, there were smiles all around after the Kings ended the Nashville Predators’ long home winning streak and started off their four-game road trip with a strong win. Now, less than four days later, the Kings are reeling after consecutive losses to Columbus and Detroit. They’re still out of the top eight in the Western Conference and fell back to 11th place today when Colorado won. At this point of the season, a 2-2 road trip isn’t superb, but it’s the best the Kings can hope for at this point, and that will only happen if they can beat a strong Chicago team tomorrow. Matt Greene and Jonathan Quick talked about the necessity of finishing the road trip with a win
GREENE: “It’s crunch time. It’s the playoffs right now. It has been the playoffs for a while. That’s why every loss is devastating. Every win, it’s just another day, because you’ve got to keep getting points. I can only speak for myself, but all I can do from a personal standpoint is get myself ready. That’s what everybody in this room has to do, is worry about your own game before you start worrying about whatever other things are going on around you.
“Right now, the past is the past. You’ve got to move on. You’ve got to get these next two points. I’m not even looking at a four-point trip. You just have to get the next two points.’’
QUICK: “The race, it is what it is. We’ve kind of dug ourselves a hole, but we still have plenty of time to get ourselves out of it. We’ve got to start tomorrow.’’