The Kings took to the ice for an optional skate Sunday morning and had their plans set for the evening - watching the Ducks and Detroit Red Wings play Game 7 in Anaheim. They will play either the Ducks in an epic Southern California showdown or the San Jose Sharks in a statewide battle in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and made sure to note they didn't have a preference of opponent. Or, as coach Darryl Sutter put it best: "We're going to play one of two teams, right? So once we know, we'll know how we feel." In any case, the Kings were making good use of a couple of days off after finishing off the St. Louis Blues in a bruising six games in the opening round. "It was nice to get a day off yesterday and today, kind of a maintenance day or whatever you want to call it," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "Some guys want to go on (the ice), some guys don't, just kind of relax and get your head reset and refocused for other rounds. We have no preference. "It's nice not having to switch time zones, especially when you get into Game 4 and 5 and 6, going back and forth. It'll either be a half-hour drive or a 45-minute flight, so I think it's beneficial to every team involved." Defenseman Drew Doughty took it a step farther with the looming series.
Team happy to get welcome 'maintenance'
L.A. Daily News | May 13