The Los Angeles Kings should have the fresher legs when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening.The Kings have played just one game since Nov. 25, a 2-1 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals on Wednesday.The Avalanche, meanwhile, have played three games in that span, most recently losing 4-3 in a shootout at the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said he wanted to make sure the Kings retained some rhythm during the gap between games, so he had them simulate a number of game situations during practice on Friday.”We’ve been practicing a lot, which I think has helped us, but sometimes I think you can de-train in those situations,” McLellan said. “So, we wanted to get a lot of game situations in. Call it a scrimmage, but it was really controlled, there were a lot of different aspects to it and it was competitive. It was something that we needed.”Los Angeles had won five in a row before the setback against Washington.The Kings enter the game with the second-lowest goals-against average in the NHL (2.35) and lead in goals per game (3.85). They also have a 9-0-0 record on the road, but McLellan still sees plenty of areas that need improvement.He said the Kings can be more efficient on the power play, where they entered Saturday ranked 17th in the league at 20 percent.”A 20 percent power play isn’t that bad and we can’t be over-adjusting things and over-tinkering things,” he said. “They have to be able to use some of their instincts, but there are some things that we think we can do better in certain areas and we’ve addressed them.”Colorado’s loss to the Ducks on Saturday night came on the heels of a 4-3 overtime loss at the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.”We’re just not generating enough offense for a full game,” Colorado defenseman Devon Toews said. “We had a good first 20 (minutes against Anaheim), we thought, and did a lot of really good things we talked about, and then we just kind of faded from there.”Colorado will start No. 1 goalie Alexandar Georgiev after Ivan Prosvetov started against the Ducks on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Kings should have the fresher legs when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday evening.The Kings have played just one game since Nov. 25, a 2-1 loss to the visiting Washington Cap