Back on track, Kings return home to face Blue Jackets

Back on track, Kings return home to face Blue Jackets

The Los Angeles Kings will try to continue their improved play under interim coach Jim Hiller when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.Los Angeles is 4-1-0 since Todd McLellan was fi

The Los Angeles Kings will try to continue their improved play under interim coach Jim Hiller when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.Los Angeles is 4-1-0 since Todd McLellan was fired on Feb. 2 and Hiller took over. The Kings have won three in a row, all on the road, including back-to-back victories on Saturday and Sunday against the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.”I’m just happy for them because we had a really hard six weeks or eight weeks, whatever you want to call it, and it just doesn’t feel good,” Hiller said. “When your job isn’t going good for you it doesn’t feel good. There’s only one way to get out of that, to just dig yourself out of it.”The turnaround seemed to follow a 7-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in the opener of their four-game trip on Feb. 13.”After the Buffalo game this trip, we had everybody on board,” Hiller said. “Everybody recommitted. There wasn’t a guy that we could point to that didn’t do the job. That makes you tough to beat when you get that.”Adrian Kempe bounced back from his minus-4 showing against the Sabres to record an assist in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and score both goals in the win against Pittsburgh.”He’s a goal scorer and he got 40 last year,” Hiller said. “For me, it’s just the work ethic. Juice got back on the body. He’s physical if you look at the hit chart, so he’s doing all the right things to get back to the identity of the team.”The Blue Jackets will try to win two in a row for the first time since Nov. 22-24. They’ve had 10 chances to accomplish that feat since then, but have lost each time.

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