Once again, the Kings will head downtown tonight to stay at a hotel in advance of tomorrow’s game. The move seemed a bit unconventional before Game 3, but in this case it makes total sense. Tonight, the team will be able to have a meal together and a final meeting, and then wake up tomorrow morning and be right across the street from the arena for the noon start time. Sunday-morning traffic is usually nothing to fear, but moreover, Darryl Sutter likes the idea of having his players near Staples Center before the game.
SUTTER: “Those guys can experience the experience. They don’t get to go to Staples Center. They go there at night to play the game, and then they leave. So they’re there for three or four hours, and don’t get to experience the whole atmosphere of it. That’s the only chance. When you look at it, you’d like to do it all the time, but that’s the only chance we’ve had to do it. The building, it’s just the way it is. You’ve got three teams, and you can’t do it. So, we had six days here. If the Sunday game wasn’t an afternoon game, we could actually do it twice. But with our schedule, since I’ve come here, you couldn’t do it.’’