The Kings practiced on Friday, following a day off on Thursday after the Kings 3-2 shootout win at San Jose on Wednesday night.
KINGS KNOW WAY TO SAN JOSE
With the Kings 3-2 shoot out win at San Jose on Wednesday night, the Kings improve to 3-0 at San Jose this season, the first time Los Angeles has ever won three games in one season at HP Pavilion. The win was also the club’s first shoot out victory against their neighbors from the north.
CAMMY AND FRO BOTH NO SHOWS
Michael Cammalleri, who missed the Kings 3-2 SO win at San Jose, did not skate with the club on Friday as he continued to rehab from his groin injury. Head coach Marc Crawford did say that he expected the Kings leading goal scorer to play vs. Avalanche, however.
Alexander Frolov, on the other hand, also did not skate with the club on Friday and from all indications will miss tomorrow’s game vs. Colorado.
Scott Thornton, who is eligible to return from the IR, skated with the club in a limited capacity, wearing a bright red jersey during the Kings’ drills. Thornton has missed the club’s last three games after suffering a bruised sternum in Phoenix.
Defenseman Jaroslav Modry, who missed Wednesday’s game at San Jose as he returned to the Czech Republic to attend to a family matter, was expected back in Los Angeles late Friday night. His availability for Saturday’s game vs. Colorado is undecided.
``We'll see how he is,'' Crawford said. ``Obviously, it's a tough travel not to mention how emotional it has to be on Jaro. From that standpoint, we'll see how he is and have a better answer for you tomorrow.''
DALLMAN/KLEMM SUPER SUBS?
Defenseman Jon Klemm started at Anaheim on Nov. 25…as a forward. This we know. The following day, he returned to defense to replace the spot of Modry for the Kings’ practices leading up the Kings at San Jose game on Wednesday. When Cammalleri was ruled out, Crawford inserted Kevin Dallman into the lineup...as a forward.
Dallman skated one shift as a forward before flip-flopping with Klemm and returning to the blueline. For Dallman, it was his fourth game of the season.
“We have a great bunch of guys here and the coaching staff has been great just telling me to keep it up and that I will get my chance,” Dallman said of his role. “The first thing you have to do is keep working hard in practice. Be patient. You can’t get down and you always have to be ready and in game mode.
“Hopefully when I get the call, I will be ready, keep it simple and play my game.”
Dallman, who has been on the Kings roster all season, has appeared in just four games in 2007-08, meaning he has been a scratch in the other 20 games Los Angeles has played.
For you stat geeks out there, the Kings are 2-2-0 with Dallman in the lineup, which included the Royal Rebound game in which the Kings scored five goals in a team record 5:07, turning a 4-0 deficit to Dallas into a dramatic 6-5 overtime win.
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR 2008-09
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors Thursday approved a scheduling matrix which ensures that each Club will play every other Club a minimum of once per season. The format will go into effect for the 2008-2009 season.
Each Club will play the teams in its division three times at home and three times on the road, for a total of 24 games. Each Club will continue to play 40 games inside its conference but outside its division (10 opponents) twice at home and twice on the road. That brings the in-conference total to 64 games and maintains the integrity of a Conference-based playoff system.
"There is two ways to look at it. The way the travel is set up in the West, it is a lot easier, the more games we play in the Western Conference, the better off we are," veteran Scott Thornton said. "Having said that, I would prefer to play each team at least once. In fact, I would like to go home and home with every team in the Eastern Conference. You lose a little bit of the tradition when you are not seeing those teams in the East like New York, Boston, Montrealand Toronto.
"Players should play in every city and the fans should get to see the talent from both conferences."
The remaining 18 games in the 82-game schedule will involve each Club playing each Club in the other conference at least once, home or away, with the three remaining games being devoted to interconference “at-large” scheduling.
KINGS WILL HOST TOY DRIVE
The Los Angeles Kings will host their annual Toy Drive prior to home games on Dec. 3, Dec. 6 and Dec. 8. Fans are invited to bring new, unwrapped toys, which will be collected at each STAPLES Center entrance. All fans who donate a toy will receive a raffle ticket to win an exclusive 2007 Kings Winter Holiday Pack.
All toys will benefit local organizations, including the 1736 Family Crisis Center, Central City Action Committee, Plaza De La Raza and the Los Angles County Department of Children and Family Services.