Kings welcome time to rest prior to second round

Sunday, 05.12.2013 / 4:22 PM | Curtis Zupke  - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There wasn't much for the Los Angeles Kings to do Sunday except rest and wait for their next opponent in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

About eight forwards and six defensemen participated in an optional skate. Kyle Clifford was not among them, and coach Darryl Sutter gave a defiant "no" when asked about an update. Clifford skated on his own before the morning skate of Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the St. Louis Blues, but did not play.

Sutter was otherwise glad to get a break in between series.

"It's really good," Sutter said. "Between regular season and first round, we were flying today and practicing tomorrow so it's critical for some guys to recover, not only in terms of injury but energy."

Los Angeles will either play the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks, both fierce rivals. The Ducks host the Detroit Red Wings in a Game 7 of the quarterfinals Sunday night. Either way, L.A. will have at least another day to recuperate from a grueling six-game series against the Blues.

Drew Doughty said the team will welcome the extra days.

"We need to use those wisely," he said.

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