With the NHL season nearly seven weeks old, the Kings are one of the surprise teams of the league at 7-7-3 and coming off a recent six-game unbeaten streak. But don't look for Coach Larry Robinson to make any playoff plans yet.
"If you look past the game on hand, that's like almost the kiss of death," said Robinson, whose team will play Toronto at the Forum on Thursday. "You can't be looking forward, nor can you be looking behind you. What I look at is that it's November and we've only played [seven] games at home. We know that we have to work hard at home against Toronto before we go on the road again."
After Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, whom they defeated at Toronto last month, the Kings will have a three-game trip to Chicago, Tampa and Miami.
Eddie Olczyk will speak to a group of students with learning disabilities today at 3:30 p.m. at the opening of the Summit View School in Sherman Oaks, an establishment of the H.E.L.P. Group/UCLA Neuropsychology Learning Disabilities Program. . . . Fans attending Thursday's game are asked to donate canned food for the Kings' food drive to be delivered by team players and staff to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.