February 16 practice notes
This morning’s practice at the Toyota Sports Center had more of the look of a morning skate as the coaching staff met with players, “got a little sweat on,” as Darryl Sutter said, and boarded the flight for Chicago. For the third consecutive practice, the team was breaking in its forum blue-and-gold equipment in advance of donning the vintage jerseys next Saturday afternoon against Colorado.
What was learned from Saturday’s skate:
-Darryl Sutter sees a disadvantage of being in the Pacific time zone when it comes to traveling east on road trips, compared to teams that travel from east to west. He also sarcastically referred to the irregular start times on this trip – 2:30 local time in Chicago; 8:00 local time in Edmonton and Calgary – as being “really good”. There will be some good commentary from Sutter coming shortly.
-Jonathan Bernier can’t remember the last time he started three games in a row. “Probably Manch”, he said, referring the AHL. Because there’s no morning skate on Sunday, we’re unlikely to find out who starts in net for the Kings until the team comes out of the tunnel for warmups at the United Center Sunday afternoon.
-Trevor Lewis likes the mix of his line with Dustin Penner and Jarret Stoll. No lineup changes are expected for Sunday’s game.
Quotes from practice will be posted shortly.