It was loud inside the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena on Friday afternoon. Really loud.
Pucks whizzed into the glass. Players shrieked and laughed and yelled at one another. Sticks repeatedly banged against the ice, giving the practice a syncopated beat to follow.
The Kings, winners of four straight for the first time since late November, countered frigidly low temperatures with tangible energy. They start a four-game road swing against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and Friday’s practice offered two brewing conclusions: The Kings look like a confident hockey team and like a squad that is about to get better.
“You work hard and...