VANCOUVER, Canada — Three games remaining in the regular season on the yellow brick road to the playoffs, and the
They don't play again until Wednesday.
Sutter ultimately decided against it, considering the rigorous travel schedule of this past month. Sunday was a recovery day and the Kings will practice on Monday and Tuesday in El Segundo, giving forward
Doughty injured his shoulder in Thursday's game at San Jose and did not play in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Vancouver. Nor did King, who has an unspecified injury and has missed the last four games. Sutter said, regarding Doughty and King, that it would be "good to get a couple of days off for them all."
The circumstances enabled defenseman
"We had to get minutes out of all four lines and all six defensemen," Sutter said of Campbell's debut. "We finished a long stretch of games and we were playing a pretty good hockey club, a veteran team, and you had to get minutes out of them.
"For the most part, he was solid. It's what you expect of him. He's not a kid. You just have to get the puck and move it. I'm sure the pace was an adjustment for him."
The Kings were especially enthused that Campbell was able to make his NHL debut on a nationally televised game on "Hockey Night in Canada."
Mitchell retold the story of when he got the word. He was well into dinner in St. John's, Newfoundland, when the radio guy for their minor league team (Albany) said that the John Cuniff, the coach of the River Rats, was looking from him. (Cuniff died in 2002).
"He said, I think you got the call. I'm like, 'I guess I shouldn't have had these three beers at dinner,'" Mitchell said, laughing.