One of the more devastating
Their third-period stumble at Florida on Feb. 5 served as a teachable moment and they haven't lost since that night of crucial miscues, winning five consecutive games.
"We gradually got a little better as the trip went on," left wing
Through a quirk in the schedule, the Kings have yet to play Colorado. They face the Avalanche three times this season, starting Wednesday night in Denver. The Avalanche trails the Kings by five points in the
What also has helped spark the Kings is the resurgence of King. They needed an adequate replacement on the left side of the second line after rookie forward Tanner Pearson suffered a broken leg in mid-January and required surgery.
King's chemistry with center
"When you play with different players, you get to know their tendencies and what they're really good at," King said. "Carts is really fast and really effective up the middle and Tyler is creative with the puck and deceptive. For myself, it's hard work, being better in battles and things that can bring more offensive zone time for the three of us.
"Confidence is climbing, that's for sure, and that's nice. It's one of those things you have to take game by game. It can go away as fast as it came."
KINGS at COLORADO
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Etc.: This will be the homecoming for the Kings' Nick Shore, who has two assists in 11 games. He grew up in Colorado and played three seasons at the University of Denver. His ice time has been trending upward, from 7 minutes 16 seconds against Tampa Bay on Feb. 7 to 10:36 in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Lightning at Staples Center.