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Kings can’t catch a break after long layoff

Kings can’t catch a break after long layoff

At first blush it seemed like a good idea.

Starting this season each NHL team would get a midseason bye week, a five-day break from games and practice to rest and recuperate from the rigors of a demanding six-month schedule.

But the R and R has mostly resulted in Ls, with just three of the first 13 teams to take their league-mandated vacation returning to the ice with a win. That’s a trend the Kings continued Thursday, ending their bye week with a wild 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Staples Center that kept them a point behind Calgary in the race for the Western Conference’s final wild-card playoff berth.

The Kings needed a while to get back into the swing of things,...