Hand-wringing was the order of the day Sunday for the Kings, who treated Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets as if it were a playoff game instead of one of 82 during an interminable regular season.
Of course, it didn't help that they'd also lost two of their previous three games at Staples Center, most recently Thursday against Nashville.
Originally scheduled for a day off, the players were told to report for an 11 a.m. practice that would not require pucks. In other words: Skate till you drop. Some were brought into Coach Andy Murray's office to meet with the coach, his assistants and General Manager Dave Taylor.
It was not for a pat on the back.
Then, at the appointed hour, with the players dressed for practice, they were told, via a message on a grease board, to go home.