Tonight’s game is the first of seven games in 11 days for the Kings. It includes two sets of back-to-back games on the road and — something that is easily forgotten — the fact that there are also two long flights at the end of the road trips. The Kings have to fly back from St. Louis this week, and Nashville next week, before playing at home roughly 40 hours later, in both cases.
Of course, going on the road certainly hasn’t been a bad thing for the Kings this season. Arguably, they’ve played better on the road than at home.
MURRAY: “If things are going well, you want to continue to play, for sure. You want the momentum to build. It’s what you have to do at this time of the year. The schedule is condensed because of the Olympics. Because of the way the NHL schedules the games, it’s very focused on the conference. That’s just the way it is, so you deal with it. We’re looking forward to the games in front of us here. I think this is a great opportunity for a young hockey club to really build on, and get into, a situation where you get into the postseason. That’s what it’s all about, and it’s new territory for a lot of guys. How do you respond? That’s the fun part about it. This is the best time of the year to play hockey.”