String together the
Add it up and you get six games, three goals and five losses, the depths of a skid in which the team has dropped eight of its last nine games. And the Kings have only two games left to hit the escape button and get themselves back on track before the 19-day Olympic break.
"We can't wait for that day to come," defenseman
The first opportunity comes Monday at
The Kings played well Saturday, getting 35 shots on goal. But none of them found the back of the net in a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia. Still, Coach
"I'm concerned because we haven't scored. I'm not concerned about how we've played," said Sutter, who kept most of the team off the ice for weightlifting and other conditioning Sunday .
"It's a little adversity on us, but it will definitely make us stronger," he said. "We'll be better once we get through it."
Doughty, however, said the team needs to show a little urgency in its efforts toward turning things around.
"We can't wait," he said. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We've just got to get the ball rolling. And what better way to start it than against Chicago."
Super Bowl bonding
Most of the Kings gathered at a teammate's home in the South Bay to watch the Super Bowl and try to take their minds off their on-ice slump.
"I think it helps just that all the guys will be together," Lewis said. "It will kind of loosen things up; get together and hopefully come out of this thing stronger."
Defenseman Alec Martinez was one of only seven players who skated Sunday, going through a fast-paced 40-minute workout.
Martinez hasn't played since Jan. 25 because of an elbow injury and may not come back before the break. But he said he's making progress in his comeback.
"I don't really have a timetable for you," he said. "I just do what the doctors tell me to do."
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Etc.: No team has played more games than the Blackhawks and no team has scored more often than Chicago, which is averaging 3.5 goals per game. Not surprisingly, the Blackhawks have two of the