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Kings would like to avoid stinking up the house at home this year

Apr 15, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

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It’s a bit funny how things work. The Los Angeles Kings spent the first two games of their series with Vancouver showing exactly how to take away home ice advantage by knocking the Canucks around and taking a 2-0 series lead. Of course now that they’re at home with a chance to potentially sweep the series, they would like to show that home ice is something that can be defended.

Unfortunately for L.A. defending the friendly confines of Staples Center is something they haven’t done very well the last two years in the playoffs. As Drew Doughty tells Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider, it’s their mindset that needs to change to make sure they don’t cough up a major advantage.

“We’ve just got to play as if the series if just starting and we’ve got home-ice advantage,” Doughty said. “It’s Game 1. We’re not up two-nothing. If anything, we’ve got to act like we’re down a couple (games). We can’t go in there relaxing, or taking them too easy, because they’re going to come even harder. This is going to be the hardest game for us. We still haven’t played our best hockey. Going into Sunday, we’ve got to play our best.”

Considering the Kings are the eighth seed in the West and they’re taking care of the Presidents’ Trophy winners with seeming ease, getting too comfy is a definite worry. With Darryl Sutter as the coach, however, we’re sure he’s eager to remind them that there’s nothing to feel cozy about. Now the Kings just have to make sure they don’t show up acting like the San Jose Sharks are out there or else doom is on the horizon.

  1. oside760 - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Its a new day and a new era. the Kings are going to smash on Vanpooter. GO KINGS! CAN’T WAIT TO BE AT THE GAME TONIGHT. STAPLES IS GONNA BE POPPIN OFF!

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      *** Live update from Vancouver ***

      I can tell you friend that there’s an ominous pall hanging over the city of Vancouver right now. It’s been quiet everywhere here this weekend, not unlike the peace which often precedes a big storm. At any rate, enjoy the game there and GO KINGS GO ! :)

  2. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM


    Though provocative and somewhat incendiary, full marks all the same to comrade Yerdon for addressing what we “don’t” want to be our undoing … over-confidence. Yes we’ve got these bastards on the ropes and yes it looks good for us at this juncture. But as Drew Doughty accurately states … “we’ve got to act like this series has just started”. We know that the Canucks will counter with Schneider tonight and we know that they’ll be coming at us with reckless abandon … after all, their entire season now hangs in the balance. Nonetheless, as long as we stick to the original game plan with conviction and resolve and continue to offer them absolutely “no quarter” whatsoever, then there’s every reason to believe that we “can and will” prevail tonight !

    Come on boys, press home the attack and let’s finish the job ! …. GO KINGS GO ! :)

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