Bottom-six forwards continue to contribute
There were points coming from the likes of
“It could be a product of younger players getting better and more confident,” said Kings right wing
"Jordan has played quite a few years in this league now. He's feeling more comfortable out here and he's making a lot of plays."
Maybe there is something to getting a contract extension in February. Clifford received one for five years and Nolan for three.
"This time of year, we've all got to play our best hockey," Clifford said.
Sekera, who was acquired from Carolina shortly before the trade deadline, registered his first point as a King with an assist on Clifford's first-period goal. He was a plus-two against Colorado and his defense partner, Brayden McNabb had two points, with two assists.
"I think the key tonight for Brayden was his partner [Sekera] was excellent," Sutter said. "Veteran partner with him was probably the best player on the ice. His partner was taking care of business 200 feet from the goalie."
Sekera, who logged 17 minutes 44 seconds against the
Road woes easing, slightly, at the right time
Remember when the Kings rarely won on the road? They didn't record their first road win until Nov. 4 at Dallas, and only picked up five victories away from home by the All-Star break.
Now with 11 road wins total this season, no one is confusing the Kings, or comparing them to, the Kings of old. But with a road-heavy schedule, they are staying in the playoff race by playing a bit better on the road.
They've won two of their last three on the road, beating Edmonton and Colorado, a modest start at least. The competition on the road gets significantly better starting Thursday in Vancouver.