Schedule-weary Lightning, Kings, square off in LA

Schedule-weary Lightning, Kings, square off in LA

One of the early challenges for many NHL teams is adjusting to the busy first month of the season while trying to rack up as many points as possible.The Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings have already experienced challenges with their schedules heading into their Tuesday night matchup in Los Angeles.The Lightning will have played on back-to-back days three times in their first eight games when they face the Kings and then turn around and visit the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.The Kings are coming off five games in eight days on an East Coast trip that started with surprising success before running on fumes toward the end.The Lightning haven’t let their hectic schedule affect them so far. They are coming off a nice weekend, beating the Florida Panthers, 3-2, in overtime on Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and a day later downing the visiting New York Islanders, 5-3.They split their other back-to-back set, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Oct. 14, and losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 the following day, both on the road.Tampa Bay wasn’t as sharp on Saturday against New York as it was the night before against the Panthers, but Brayden Point, Brandon Hagel and Nick Paul each contributed a goal and an assist, as goalie Brian Elliott stopped 32 of 35 shots in his second start of the season.”You have to find a way to win when you’re not at your best,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said.Los Angeles posted one-goal wins against the Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators to open their first road trip of the season, but then lost 6-1 to the Penguins on Thursday, and 4-3 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.”It’s taxing at the beginning of the year,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “You’re not used to the games coming quickly and spending eight or nine days on the road.”McLellan’s main concern was the 23 goals allowed on the trip.”If we left L.A. last Friday and somebody would have told me we would score 20 goals on this road trip, I’d be pretty darn excited about winning a lot of games,” McLellan said.

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