The Kings have 15 sets of back-to-back games this season, and this will be the eighth. Will it be one of the most difficult? It might be, just in terms of the hours. Last night’s game in Calgary had an 8 p.m. local start, later than usual because of Hockey Night in Canada, and tonight’s game in Edmonton will have an earlier-than-usual start of 6 p.m., presumably because it’s a Sunday. That didn’t sit particularly well with Darryl Sutter.
SUTTER: “I understand the 8 (p.m.) for Hockey Night, but I don’t understand 6 o’clock the next day. I mean, they want the best performances out of the players. We’ll be another middle-of-the-night team again.’’
The Kings didn’t arrive in Edmonton quite as late as they arrived in Winnipeg last month, at the back end of a Chicago-Winnipeg set. The Kings lost that game 1-0 in overtime. So far this season, they have a 2-2-3 record in the second game of a back-to-back set.