Ducks vs. Kings Gameday: Visit to L.A. has Anaheim in road frame of mind
LOS ANGELES –- It might be a short trip to downtown Los Angeles for the Ducks but they are treating Saturday night’s game against the Kings at Staples Center as the start of a six-game road trip.
Following their second straight defeat, a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg, the Ducks (10-9-3) left to go up the freeway Friday night. They’ll travel to Chicago for a game Monday against the Blackhawks to continue a difficult journey into inhospitable environments.
“When you play at home for extended periods of time you find you get stale,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “Because you’re into your routine and it’s just the same thing. The same thing. Whereas you’re on the road and you’re always together with your teammates. You’re always out to dinner.
“There’s team meals. You’re on the plane. There’s a lot more camaraderie. A lot more bonding takes place. It’s just the life of an athlete on the road.”
Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller is scored on by Los Angeles Kings center Nick Shore in overtime during an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. The Kings won 4-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, left, and Anaheim Ducks left wing Nick Ritchie reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)