Jeff Zatkoff

What we learned from the Kings' 3-1 loss to Carolina

What we learned from the Kings' 3-1 loss to Carolina

Although they’re in a relatively easy part of the schedule, the Kings made life hard on themselves. They had 3 1/2 days between their Sunday afternoon shootout loss to Montreal and their game Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, ample time to heal their bumps and bruises and build up the energy to set the tone against an Eastern Conference team that they rarely see.

Instead, they were outworked, outplayed and generally listless. Coach Darryl Sutter noted this was the third time his team had three days between games and on each occasion the team was, um, underwhelming. Only he didn’t use that exact word. “Our top guys were not very efficient out there...

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