Kings to face Sabres with eye on path back to success

Kings to face Sabres with eye on path back to success

The Los Angeles Kings aim to record their second win in as many contests under interim head coach Jim Hiller when they open a four-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.The Kings follo

The Los Angeles Kings aim to record their second win in as many contests under interim head coach Jim Hiller when they open a four-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.The Kings followed up a blistering 20-7-4 start to the season by inexplicably losing 14 of 16 games (2-8-6). They briefly halted that skid with a 4-2 road win against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 31, however the club fired coach Todd McLellan two days later.Los Angeles returned from the All-Star break and turned in a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.”We’ve had a tough stretch, so we’re just trying to get back to where we were,” Hiller said. “This isn’t about necessarily (doing anything) new. It’s just getting back there, and (Saturday) was a good step.”Quinton Byfield collected two goals and an assist on Saturday, boosting his totals to four of each during his five-game point streak.”It’s all about confidence,” Byfield said. “It’s been building the whole year. When you got it going, you kind of know you’ve got it going, and it feels nice. Just being able to be patient, see plays with the puck and be able to know I can make those plays is important for me.”Byfield notched an assist in Los Angeles’ 5-3 setback at home to Buffalo on Jan. 24. Captain Anze Kopitar, Adrian Kempe and Pierre-Luc Dubois each scored in the first period for the Kings before the Sabres responded with four unanswered goals.Buffalo followed that with a 5-2 road win against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 27, only to return from its break with a pair of puzzling one-goal performances.Tage Thompson scored the Sabres’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Feb. 6.

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