For players, testing and then a break

Then, on the 110th day, they rested. Well, sort of. That’s how many days we are into this NHL season, and now the Kings will sit for a while. Eight days, to be exact, as they won’t play again until they host Columbus on Feb. 1. It’s a scheduling quirk, of which there are many. Twenty-six teams play today, and two play on Wednesday, then 26 play next Tuesday following the NHL All-Star break. The Kings have an ultra-long break, and they will return to practice in El Segundo on Monday at 2 p.m.

There will be some activity today though, as the players are scheduled to go through conditioning tests. Every year, at the start of training camp, players are put through a battery of on- and off-ice workouts and tests, to judge their fitness. They’ll go through another round of tests today, and the results will be compared to see which players have improved and which have regressed.

After that, the players are on their own for a few days. Jonathan Quick, the Kings’ lone All-Star, will fly to Ottawa on Thursday morning for the start of festivities. Darryl Sutter might finally get a chance to unpack, after one month on the job. Sutter’s son Chris is in town for a few more days — he still attends school in the Calgary area — so there will be some father-son time this week. As for the blog, plenty of stuff to come this week…

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