GLENDALE, Ariz. --
said Tuesday the wear and tear of his
’ Grammys trip that began Jan. 16 has been “brutal.”
“No rest, no practice, no energy,” the Kings coach said before his team plays the host
Yet, should the Kings (30-18-6) beat the Coyotes, they would be positioned to get to the Olympic break, after four straight home games, in a much better state of mind.
The good feelings are present after beating division-rival San Jose, 1-0, Monday -- ending a seven-game regular-season losing streak at the "Shark Tank" that dated to 2010.
Sutter, in fact, said Tuesday morning at
"He's rested, didn't have a lot last night and he wants to play, so let's let him play," Sutter said. "Quicker hasn't had a tough schedule."
Quick actually has played in six of the seven games since the trip began, but he was off in the Jan. 21 game at Columbus and has faced 23 or fewer shots in the last four games.
“That’s how we win, don’t give up goals,” Doughty said after the Kings blocked 24 shots and limited Sharks’ 22-goal scorer
"If you can block a shot, guys know to block it," Doughty said. "That's what it takes all those little things … checks on big players. We needed everyone on the team to out-play the guy across from them."
The task versus Phoenix, Doughty said, is remembering "we don't want to get in a race with them."
Mitchell said the hard work at the close of a long absence from
"It's funny how it works, the ebb and flow of the season," Mitchell said. "You'd like to be on hot streaks all the time, but the reality is it's not going to happen. A losing streak becomes tougher … you feel like you get to the bottom of a hill and you look at the top of the hill and it seems daunting.
"But then you focus on what you do good as a team, what makes you successful, and this has always been a good, all-around, defensive team who feels like we can beat anyone.
"So winning that way gets our confidence back and reiterates what we do, what we do well and what we'll have to continue to do to be successful."
POWER UNPLUGGED: The Kings would be in far better shape if they could solve their power-play woes. By going zero for five Monday, they've scored just three goals on their last 36 man-advantages.
Sutter saw the fatigue work against
"It was evident … 'Kopi' and Jeff just didn't do as much as they wanted to … hard minutes for them," Sutter said while keeping faith, "We get chances, we'll score."
Doughty, who's on the unit, said he plans to take more shots, looking for his one-timer to break the team's four-game scoreless streak on the power play.
"Simplify, get shots on the net," he said.