Good afternoon to you from a busy Toyota Sports Center. The Kings took the ice shortly before 10:30 a.m. and did not show any adjustments to their alignment per the color coding of their practice jerseys:
-Because the Kings have a day off Monday and don’t play again until the Wednesday-Thursday San Jose / at Arizona back-to-back, don’t get too caught up in what the lines look like at the moment. With the gap in the schedule, today’s practice was heavy on skating with a good portion of the on-ice work devoted to transition and flow drills. The team remained on the ice for nearly an hour as part of the anaerobic-heavy workout. With the day off Monday, content on LA Kings Insider will slow as well.
-Marian Gaborik, on his first game back after a 21-game absence to open the season: “Yeah, it was a long time off. I felt better as the game went on, so hopefully I’m getting better and better with a couple good practices and afterwards it’s going to be more games back-to-back, so just ramp things up and hopefully feel better and better. But I felt better as the game went on. Still, nine weeks since the start of the year, the first game, it’s going to take some time, but hopefully not too long.”
-Los Angeles and Chicago played with a very strong pace on Saturday night, especially for the first two periods. Said Anze Kopitar: “The second period it opened up a little bit but sometimes that’s going to happen. Obviously we don’t want it to open up like that, we wanted to keep it as tight as we can but it’s going to happen and I think at the end of the day even the period we were good. We were on the net, we had chances, we just didn’t score. I think the pace last night was good.”
-I’ll have Darryl Sutter quotes up shortly, and after a trip up the 405 will post a story on the team’s pace and tempo. Before we get there, though, enjoy this video of Staples Center’s brand new monument, a tribute to 50 years of Los Angeles Kings hockey. There was some tremendous work that went into the final project: