Overconfidence, thy name is not
All this led to the question: Was Kings Coach Darryl Sutter concerned about his team being overconfident against the Canucks?
"They've got a playoff spot right now and we don't," Sutter said after Friday's practice. "That's what I base it on."
Heading into Friday's games, the Canucks were holding on to second place in the
The Kings play the Canucks twice more, at Staples Center on Saturday and at Vancouver on April 6.
"I'm not sure we have [dominated] just because they haven't scored," Sutter said of the Canucks' top line. "The twins are close to dominant players every game they play. I think we've played three times against them.
"They'll have a different lineup tomorrow, and we will too."
One change for the Kings could be the inclusion of defenseman
Sutter won't often tip his hand. He has options at his disposal, which includes going with an extra defenseman. With the Kings' personnel issues on the back end, however, that hasn't been a viable option much this season.
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It also does not sound as though there are any new developments on the
Rookie forward Tanner Pearson appears to be increasing his workload at practice, joining his teammates near the end of practice. He suffered a broken leg on Jan. 10, but Sutter did not think he would be coming back earlier than expected.
"You have to go on that when they say, 10 to 12 weeks," said Sutter, who added that only a setback would change that time frame. "There won't be any change in that. There's no change. That's a bone healing with a plate and screws.
"I don't think there can be any s7peed up or slow down. It's got to do with healing."
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