By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
In one of the more intense practices I have personally ever witnessed, Darryl Sutter had the Kings skating, battling and scrambling for about 45 minutes this morning after a 5-2 loss to Dallas last night.
Sutter had the guys working hard in 3 on 2 drills in what I would describe as an opportunity for the defense to get in some quality work down low trying to prevent 3 forwards from scoring, not unlike the conditions at certain times during last night’s game.
After a breather and a well-deserved water break, Sutter had the boys battle in 5 on 5 mini-scrimmages, which saw lines and pairs take turns on offense and defense, rotating after every clear. Later, in a drill I’ve never seen, Stevens had the forwards and defensemen skate hard in a non-puck drill as you’ll see in the video below.
On a side note, Kings Legend Kelly Hrudey was at practice ahead of tomorrow night’s game where he will be honored. He was kind enough to take pictures with myself and Player-X over at HoldThePoint.com (see photos below). Rob Blake was also there taking part in the Kings Fantasy Camp, which was taking place on a separate sheet of ice.
KND Practice Report Part 1 – Intense 3 on 2 drills
KND Practice Report Part 2 – Breather between drills
KND Practice Report Part 3 – Mini-scrimages 5 on 5, Doughty gets dinged!
KND Practice Report Part 4 – Intense Skate Drill