Travel planning, and an early trip to Denver
The emotion and accomplishments of the Olympic break behind them, the Los Angeles Kings returning from Sochi, Russia will reunite with their teammates either at this morning’s 10:30 a.m. practice at Toyota Sports Center or at the team hotel in Colorado. The Kings are scheduled to fly to Denver this afternoon in advance of their game Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche (7:00 p.m. PT / NBCSN). Los Angeles will continue its brief two-game road swing with a Thursday game in Calgary (6:30 p.m. PT / FOX Sports West).
Most often, the Kings will travel the day immediately prior to a road game, but because the team wanted to ease the travel burden of those returning from Russia, the team will head to the Mountain Time Zone a day early.
Final NHL charter out of Sochi, carrying Team CAN, has landed in Newark. They'll all be back in home NHL cities later today/tonite.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 24, 2014
Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick, and gold medal winners Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter and Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger are expected to join the team in Denver later today. Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov are expected to practice with the team for the first time this morning since returning from the Olympics before meeting with the media shortly after today’s skate.
The Avalanche sent four players to the Olympics, including two who played in the gold medal game: Matt Duchene (Canada), Gabe Landeskog (Sweden), Paul Stastny (United States) and Semyon Varlamov (Russia).
The Flames sent two players to the Olympics: Reto Berra (Switzerland) and Ladislav Smid (Czech Republic).