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We May See A Little Rust Tonight

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Because Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes has a 5 p.m. Pacific start time, both teams opted to skip the morning skates Sunday. Rather than drag their players unnecessarily to the rink early the team, the teams settled for short, but hard practices Saturday at the Jobing.com Arena, trying to shed the rust that accompanies their lengthy playoff layoffs.

The Kings have been off work since last Sunday, after sweeping the St. Louis Blues in four games. The Coyotes have been off since Monday, after eliminating the Nashville Predators in five games. Underdogs entering the round, both teams set the tone for their respective series by winning the first game.

Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter knows that so much time off this deep in the playoffs can take away a team’s edge. Often, at this time of year, a team can win or lose the series in the first game – because of the emotional leg-up that a win can provide.

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