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Players have different views of 16-day trip

January 29, 2008|Dan Arritt | Times Staff Writer

Brad Stuart is looking forward to keeping things simple for a while. Jaroslav Modry said the time would allow the Kings to further bond as a team. Rob Blake, well, he's just indifferent these days.

Such are the opinions of the most veteran Kings players, as they prepare for an eight-game, 16-day trip, one of the longest of their careers. The trip begins tonight in Philadelphia.

"Sometimes, it's good to get away from the pressure of playing at home," Stuart said. "Sometimes, you feel like you've got to do extra, or put on a show. Whereas, on the road, you can play a simple, boring game and not worry about those things."

Said Modry: "The advantage is, to spend time with your teammates to try to get on a roll."

Blake, who has a no-trade clause in his contract but has been rumored to be on the block heading into the trade deadline Feb. 26, has been choosing his words carefully when asked about a possible trade. But he was quick to downplay the significance of the trip.

"Home or away, it doesn't matter that much," he said.


The Kings on Monday recalled defenseman Matt Moulson for the fourth time this season.


Alexander Frolov continued his strong play since returning from an 11-game layoff because of a groin injury. Frolov went scoreless the first four games after returning Dec. 15, but has 17 points in 15 games since. Frolov said a playoff berth could be out of reach, but the Kings can still rise in the standings.

"We're in a bad spot right now and all we can do is try to win every single game," he said.


at Philadelphia, 4 PST, FSN West

Site -- Wachovia Center.

Radio -- 1150.

Records -- Kings 20-29-2, Flyers 27-16-5.

Records vs. Flyers (2006-07) -- 0-1-0.

Update -- The Flyers had a league-worst 22 victories and 56 points last season but are tied atop the Atlantic Division after successfully adding free agents this season.


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