Kings look to be road warriors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s no secret what that style of play is. “You need to have consistent physical play,” Kings coach Andy Murray said. Norstrom agreed. “I’m not talking about going out there pushing people around,” Norstrom said. “But you want to go out there and be strong in trying to create the style you want to play. It’s so important to do that away from home.” The Kings did that in their four home wins, giving up a total of five goals by playing strong defense and controlling the puck. They’ve given up 15 goals over the first six games, and 10 were in losses to Dallas and Detroit. It’s their first road trip since opening night in Dallas, when they coughed up a four-goal lead in a disappointing loss to the Stars. “The road is always the key to a season,” Kings (4-2) captain Mattias Norstrom said. “You need to learn to win on the road, to go into another team’s building and establish your game. It’s sometimes easier to do that at home, to start strong and finish it. We need to show we can go into any building and establish our game, the kind of hockey we like to play and play it.” LOS ANGELES — It’s never too early in a season to talk about new challenges, and for the Kings the latest is establishing a competitive identity away from home. After winning four of their first five home games, they embark tonight on a two-game trip in two nights through Colorado and Dallas. center_img Otherwise, they’re giving up just over two goals per game. “If we give up two or less goals per game you should get points every night,” Murray said. “You may not always get two points, but you should get points.” Interestingly, Murray said playing better offense is just as important as playing good defense. “It’s not because you play (good) defense. It’s because you’re making better offensive decisions with the puck,” Murray said. – After sitting out Sunday’s and Monday’s practice with an injured groin, Luc Robitaille needed a strong showing at Tuesday’s workout to convince Murray he was fit enough to make the trip. “I’m ready to go,” Robitaille said as he prepared to board the Kings’ afternoon charter flight to Denver. “I feel good.” – The Kings were perfect on special teams Sunday against Columbus, scoring on their only two power plays and killing off both of the Blue Jackets’ penalty chances. “We’ll take that trend, for sure,” Murray said. — Vincent Bonsignore can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more