It was loud inside the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1923 Arena on Friday afternoon. Really loud.
Pucks whizzed into the glass. Players shrieked and laughed and yelled at one another. Sticks repeatedly banged against the ice, giving the practice a syncopated beat to follow.
“You work hard and that’s where the fun comes from,” said goaltender
As Budaj faced shots, there was another encouraging sign in the opposite net.
The timetable for his return, which was deemed unclear by General Manager Dean Lombardi before the All-Star break, has not changed.
“He’s a 10-minute practice guy right now, so hopefully the trip goes well,” Kings Coach
"So we wanted to get him in pads and full gear so when we get back from the break, then we can determine how far away he was again."
Forward Tyler Toffoli, who has been out with a lower-body injury since Dec. 20, is much closer to action. Toffoli has been skating for almost two weeks and participated in line rushes alongside
Toffoli, despite all the time he has missed, ranks third on the Kings with eight goals in 32 appearances. Once he shakes off the dust, he is expected to provide an offensive boost for a team that hung five goals on the lowly
The Kings hold the
"The question isn't necessarily how we've been playing well," Budaj said. "It's how we can keep doing it."
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. PST.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.
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Update: The Kings (24-21-4) lost 4-2 to the Flyers (26-20-6) in Los Angeles on Oct. 14. The Flyers have won four of five games. Rookie defenseman Paul LaDue, who was called up to the Kings this week, mixed with different defensemen throughout Friday's practice. He seemed to be the odd man out of the seven-player group.