The Kings drew their season-long nine-game trip to a close in Edmonton on Thursday, completing a 16-day odyssey that covered more than 8,800 miles and took them to eight states and two Canadian provinces.
It also ended the same way it started — with a loss, as the Kings fell to the Oilers, 3-1.
And when they begin to unpack Friday, the Kings will find they returned with a lot of unwanted baggage. Such as a three-game losing streak, including consecutive losses in regulation-length games for the first time since Nov. 11. Or a punchless attack that managed to score only twice on 66 shots in the last two losses, giving them 11 goals in their last seven games.
And for that...