Far from content, improved Kings face Ducks

Far from content, improved Kings face Ducks

The Los Angeles Kings boast a perfect record since returning from their All-Star break yet are keen on improvement when they hit the road to face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.With how tight the Pacific Division race has become, with the top four clubs separated by two points and five teams holding playoff positions heading into play Thursday, the Kings are aware of the penalty for overlooking the struggling Ducks.The Kings will enter Friday’s game after three days of rest, last playing Monday with a convincing 5-2 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.”We’re happy to put the points in the bank, but I thought the two games (since the break) were opposite of each other, really, when it came to details,” Kings head coach Todd McLellan said. “We got away with a lot of stuff. I know we’re supposed to appreciate and enjoy wins, but I wasn’t overly impressed with our team.”I thought we did things that we shouldn’t be doing, three offensive-zone penalties, one late in the game to give them a chance to get back in. Turnover after turnover.”The Kings have just three playoff victories over the last four seasons, but McLellan is determined to set a high standard even as the Kings sport a 5-1-1 mark over their last seven games. His squad did build a 5-0 lead on the Sabres before easing its intensity.”We were fortunate to get the win, but I know … we’ll clean up a few things,” Kings defenseman Sean Durzi said, according to the Orange County Register. “We’ve got to continue to get better if we want to have a good push here.”The Ducks, who sit at the bottom of the Pacific Division, are coming off a 7-3 loss to the Sabres on Wednesday. Anaheim led 3-2 in the second period only to watch things fall apart.


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