The Los Angeles Kings arrived in New York earlier this week to face the Metropolitan area's three squads as the hottest team in the NHL.
A 5-1 thumping at the hands of the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, however, ended the Kings' eight-game winning streak and left them out in the cold.
Well, the "out in the cold" part was planned.
The Kings used one of their two days before facing the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night to practice outside in Central Park on Wednesday. It was a chance to hit the reset the button before back-to-back games against the Rangers and Islanders on consecutive nights.
"I think you've got to be energized physically and mentally, and hopefully it does both," Kings coach John Stevens said to L.A. Kings Insider about skating outside. "It's a big trip for us, obviously. We've got two days to get regrouped here for a big weekend. Get the guys outside a little bit today, get some work done. A different experience here, but still get on the ice, get some touches. That's the intent, anyway."
The Kings (20-9-3) were held to 17 shots against the Devils, their lowest total since they had 15 in a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 13, 2015. Jonathan Quick allowed five goals, something he has done in just one other game this season. It was an emphatic end to an impressive winning streak. >> Read more
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