April 15 practice notebook - LA Kings Insider

-Lines rushes and defensive pairings from Tuesday’s practice:

Gaborik – Kopitar – Williams
King – Richards – Carter
Toffoli – Stoll – Brown


-The Kings skated through a practice that exceeded one hour at Toyota Sports Center on Tuesday. It was the team’s first time back on the ice after a Sunday recovery day and off-ice workouts and team meetings on Monday.

“Get everybody back out,” Darryl Sutter said. “That’s what’s important.”

-There was a heavy amount of skating on Tuesday, with players getting up and down the ice frequently.

“It was good,” Dustin Brown said. “Different drills, forecheck, a couple drills we haven’t done. I don’t know if we’ve ever done them, quite honestly.”

After practice and media availability, the team gathered for a video session. With 16 games between the two teams over the last two seasons, are there aspects of the team’s play that can come to light through video? The Kings and Sharks aren’t exactly strangers to each other.

“It’s just reassuring what we probably already know,” Brown said. “How they forecheck, what they do on the forecheck. Their goalie tendencies, stuff like that that can make a difference over the course of a seven-game series. Breaking down where we can exploit them and the flipside of that where we need to be really good at.”

-The Kings will travel to San Jose on Wednesday afternoon before returning to Los Angeles immediately following Game 1. With two days off between Game 1 and Game 2, they’ll return to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon. It’s similar to the team’s travel plans that were altered by the two-day game between Game 3 and Game 4 in last year’s playoff series.

“We’ve all been through these types of situations before. Having an extra day in between allows us to get home, sleep in our own beds, practice in our own facility,” Brown said. “I don’t think it will have any effect on anybody.”

-San Jose lines and pairings, via Kevin Kurz:

Up front, that’s Hertl-Thornton-Burns, Marleau-Couture-Nieto, Havlat-Pavelski-Wingels and Torres-Desjardins-Brown.