Practice 1/22 – Today’s Alignment & Taxi Squad + Intensity, special-teams focus, TM on 41

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After yesterday’s travel day across the country, the Kings were back on the ice this morning in Newark, at the practice home of the New Jersey Devils. Conveniently enough, the practice rink and the game rink share a roof here in New Jersey, with the Kings on the practice sheet today. We are now on Day 2 of a 13-Day trip away from home, consisting of six games against six different opponents, which will take us into the NHL’s All-Star Break in early-February.

The Kings traveled with a larger than usual group on this trip, utilizing the league’s taxi squad in case of emergency. Being just under 3,000 miles away from home, having extra bodies in case of injury or COVID emergency is a good thing for the Kings. Never bad to have a “just in case” plan in place.

“Were gone for 12, 13 days out East and we have the luxury of the taxi squad,” Todd McLellan said this morning. “For the first time this year, we’re basically maxing it out or getting really close to it. We play two afternoon games, it’s impossible to get anybody here to help the team out. The COVID testing continues until we get home, so we are preparing for the worst and hopefully we don’t have to deal with it.”

With that in mind, here’s how…

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