As posted earlier, most of the Kings weren’t on the ice this morning, but they did participate in some off-ice workouts (and Drew Doughty got in at least two ping-pong games). It’s normal, at this point of the season, for teams to pull back a little on the practices. The Kings’ schedule has been fairly rough of late, particularly with the travel, and essentially, coaches don’t want their players to leave all their energy on the practice ice.
The Olympic break, of course, will give guys a chance to recharge, but Murray said that, at the moment, he’s mindful of giving his players a little rest when possible.
MURRAY: “When you see your team play the way these guys have dug in, there’s great character and perseverance out there with everybody in their game. That takes a lot of energy, both physical and mental energy. It wasn’t as if they’re doing nothing today but rest. They had an active day. They were in the off-ice room there with Tim (Adams, strength and conditioning coach), and he put them through a good workout. So the change is good, in my mind. Coming back off the trip, how we’ve got two games in two and a half days, and that’s going to be demanding.”