The Kings tonight will attempt to avenge another loss, their 4-1 loss to Columbus last Saturday. That game, of course, was the night of The Frolov Turnover, as well as an 0-for-5 effort on the power play (although the Kings did score one very shortly after a power play ended). Not surprisingly, Terry Murray chose special teams when asked about what the Kings need to do different tonight. The Blue Jackets’ penalty kill has slipped of late but is still the seventh-best in the NHL.
MURRAY: “Their special teams, they generate a lot. Their penalty killing really put the nail in the coffin for us in that game. Nash, a couple times… Quick made an unbelievable stop the first time, and then he scores that shorthanded goal and that was a real tough one. They’re a good hockey club. They know how to play. That heavy game is where it’s at. That’s where Hitch has always had his teams play. We’ve got to really match that intensity and match that compete along the boards. I think we’re a fresher team now. That’s part of the road trip, and I’m hoping that just because of that, we can have a better effort tonight than what we had in Columbus.”