A few more takeaways, and a bit of looking ahead, after the Kings lost for the first time on the road since Dec. 19 at Toronto. They had been attempting to win their sixth straight game overall.
Good time to schedule an off day
Defenseman Jake Muzzin (minus-one) had a rough night and will be remembered for his role in Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla’s 600th goal. Iginla’s centering pass went in off Muzzin’s skate late in the third period to make it 4-1.
Muzzin wasn’t the only tired, mistake-prone King. Just the most visible one because of the Iginla milestone.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter had a good line about his team -- which had played 10 of their last 12 games on the road before losing in Denver, saying that some guys had the “slow-moving sign” on.
And guess what? The team’s revised schedule came out a few hours after the loss.
No practice or meetings on Tuesday.
A road-heavy schedule turns home-friendly
The schedule taketh and the schedule giveth.
Looking ahead, the Kings play seven of their next 10 games at Staples Center. One “road” game is at Anaheim on Jan. 17. Their next plane trip of more than 90 minutes won’t be until they travel to Boston for a Feb. 9 game against the Bruins.
The one time they have to leave the state the rest of the month is to play at Arizona on Jan. 23. The Coyotes won, 3-2, on Monday night and maintained second place in the Pacific Division, pulling to within 10 points of the first-place Kings.
Iginla’s milestone moment
The night belonged to the icon with the big smile, Iginla, and rightly so. He became the 19th player in NHL history to reach the 600-goal mark and is one goal behind No. 18 Jari Kurri and trails No. 17 Dino Ciccarelli by seven.
Of note, the man sitting at No. 15, with 625 goals, happens to be Iginla’s general manager, Joe Sakic of the Avalanche.
“He’s been around the league and he’s been known, obviously, to score goals,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said. “I don’t know how long he’s been waiting for this one.
“But I’m sure it’s been pretty exciting for him. Not too much fun being on the other side ... ”