Kings prepare for Calgary road trip start – Daily News

Riding a four-game winning streak, all at home, the Kings are ready to hit the road on a proportionally long journey, starting with a showdown with the Calgary Flames and former Kings coach Darryl Sutter. .

Although the connections between Sutter’s trips to the top, winning the Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2012 and 2014 and the rise of current Kings coach Todd McLellan from base camp are fewer now, three key figures remain. of these races.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick won three straight decisions in the home game, allowing just one goal in his last two starts. Defenseman Drew Doughty produced a fabulous effort on the power play on Saturday, found himself in a new position and continued to lead the defense as he did shortly after entering the league in 2008. the record of the season 24:19 of ice time on Saturday, including a Herculean change in the final moments when the Kings repelled a frantic six-on-five attack from the Detroit Red Wings.

“You can pretty much count on him to do it. He was our best face-off player. We want him in those situations. He’s calm and, you know what? He is so strong. When it comes time to defend, he does,” McLellan said.

McLellan, who previously coached against the Kings’ veteran trio in their primes with rivals San Jose and Edmonton, showed deep appreciation for his senior players.

“These guys won championships because they sacrificed themselves. They gave up offense, they did what other teams didn’t want to do in the past,” McLellan said. party in the room Drew and Quickie and Kopi, they have to give and give and give for the team to win.

Doughty was moved to the left side of the first power play unit, moving between flank and toe with aplomb. Adrian Kempe was in a point position that put him mostly on the right side, creating a situation where both skaters were playing their offsides.

“I think having Dewey on that side is a change of position, where we can use his great shooting now. And to have Juice in the lead, with the hands, it all works, with one-timer shooting on both sides,” said said defenseman Sean Durzi, who scored two goals on Saturday, both effectively on the power play, “We all have players good enough to play anywhere on the power play.”

The Kings’ brand new roster and their coach may still be relatively new — McLellan is in his fourth season, while Sutter has lasted five full campaigns and most of another — will travel to Calgary to face the Flames of Sutter. He’s the man who once said ‘cages are a good thing’ and answered a question about former striker Jeff Carter’s health by saying ‘he’s awesome, I wish I was Jeff Carter today ‘today’, among many other memorable excerpts.

When the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, entered the Hall of Fame this weekend, it was a reminder of the vast and fruitful Sutter family tree, which put six brothers in the NHL, four of whom also became coaches of the NHL. The sextet tallied 2,936 points, more than the Sedins, the three Stastny brothers and even Wayne and Brent Gretzky, who technically rank second among sibling scorers with 2,861 points thanks to Wayne’s 2,857.

“How can you not respect Darryl and his family? The Sutters, I’ve known them for years, played with some of them and coached against all of them,” McLellan said. “But I’m a fan of his press conferences, he does a really good job of, uh, answering questions, I think.”

Sutter has already made an impression on Calgary’s press corps, drawing big laughs earlier this year when he informed them that new acquisition Jonathan Huberdeau came off the bench during a game because he “had to go take a (expletive)”.

Huberdeau was acquired along with defenseman MacKenzie Weegar in a trade for Matthew Tkachuk over the summer. After a slow start, Huberdeau suffered an injury, which the team called an “upper body” injury despite reports that he was wearing a walking boot. He missed his third straight game on Saturday in a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets and should be considered a doubt for Tuesday.

The Calgary blue line is more like the Red Cross lately. The stalwart Chris Tanev has just returned from an upper body injury against Winnipeg. Michael Stone (undisclosed), brother of Vegas captain Mark Stone, and Oskar Kylington (personal reasons) are also out of action, with Kylington yet to appear this season.

Defenseman Rasmus Andersson is tied for the team lead in points (12) with another new face, center Nazem Kadri, who the Flames signed after a lengthy courtship following Kadri’s Stanley Cup triumph with the ‘Colorado Avalanche. Tyler Toffoli, one of three former Kings forwards on the Calgary roster, along with Milan Lucic and Trevor Lewis, has 10 points this season.

On Sunday, the Kings recalled forward Lias Andersson and defenseman Jacob Moverare from the American Hockey League. They also sent defenseman Brandt Clarke to the AHL for a conditioning assignment and placed winger Brendan Lemieux on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Kings in Calgary

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Scotiabank Place

Television/Radio: Bally Sports West/IHeartRadio

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