Weary Stars at disadvantage vs. rested Kings

Weary Stars at disadvantage vs. rested Kings

Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan won’t dare concede that his team will have an advantage against the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday night, even though he will be coaching a much more rested team.The Kings had four days between games after losing 5-2 to the visiting New Jersey Devils on Saturday. They took the first two days off and practiced the next two.The Stars, on the other hand, will be playing for the second straight night and the third time in four days.”Dallas is going to play three games in four nights, and sometimes that team that’s coming in and playing back-to-back, they’re ready to play,” McLellan said. “They haven’t even forgotten what it was like to play and we’re trying to remember. That will be a challenge for us at the start.”The Stars opened their three-game road trip with a 4-0 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, but then they blew a 3-0 lead against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday and lost 5-3.”Anybody can beat anybody,” Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said before his return to San Jose, where he coached from 2015-16 to 2019-20.Both teams should have a clear memory from the last time they met.Dallas was riding a season-high, four-game winning streak when it traveled to Los Angeles on Jan. 3 and lost 3-2.The win for the Kings came in the midst of a difficult two-week stretch of games in which they beat the Golden Knights twice and also defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers.The Kings were without forwards Trevor Moore (upper body) and Arthur Kaliyev (lower body) when they played Dallas earlier this month, and those two remain out.Los Angeles also lost right winger Carl Grundstrom to an undisclosed injury during practice on Tuesday, and he is expected to be out through the All-Star break in early February.

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