CALGARY, Canada — After 80 regular-season games, it is official: The Kings will be making their way to San Jose.
That's where they will open the first round of the playoffs with many signs pointing to a Game 1 possibly Wednesday at San Jose.
The drama in Anaheim with the
"It's more of the same for us,"
The Kings beat the Sharks in seven games last season in the playoffs in the second round. Are they expecting another physical battle?
"I would assume so," forward
On Wednesday, the Kings looked sloppy and disinterested, trailing, 3-0. They started the rally with two goals in a 24-second span by
There were no penalties in the game, the first time that has happened for the Kings since February 1977, when they played the
Doughty, the Kings' top defenseman, and Regehr are with the team on this trip and it is fair to say that they both would be in action if this were the playoffs. Regehr was a warrior during last year's playoff run, in particular against Chicago.
"It's important to get a game under you, if you can, just before playoffs," Doughty said after Wednesday's morning skate, speaking about the injury for the first time.
"Even just taking a game off, you kind of lose it. Sometimes that first or second shift is a difference maker. If you're slacking at one point during that shift, they could score a goal and that could be the winner. Ideally, if I could get in a game before the playoffs, that'd be great."
The Kings play Thursday at Edmonton and finish the regular season at home against the Ducks on Saturday.
"It's just being cautious this time of the year … you've got to be," Doughty said. "I'm ready to go whenever my name is called. Right now, it's just up to the coaching staff and the trainers."
Doughty got hurt on a routine check against the Sharks'
"I think it's the way I hit him is what caused it to happen," Doughty said. "Stuff happens. Sometimes you make that hit and you're going to knock the other guy over ... he kind of seemed prepared for it. It was like hitting a hard wall or something like that. I'll make that hit many more times throughout the playoffs and throughout the season. Never going to shy away from that hit."
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