ST. PAUL, Minn. — A 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday lightened the mood among the Kings, ending a three-game losing streak and giving them an 8-6-2-2 record despite playing 12 of their first 18 games on the road.
"It allows us to go into the last two games of this trip with the knowledge that we're going back home with at least a .500 record on the season with arguably the toughest schedule in the National Hockey League to start the season," Coach Andy Murray said.
"We've had a few people out but we're working our way through it."
After playing the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to wrap up an eight-game trip, the Kings will return home to a more favorable schedule, playing five of six games at Staples Center.
Their only road game during that time will involve a short bus trip Nov. 29 to play the Mighty Ducks at the Arrowhead Pond.