LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings skates with the puck against Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils during Game Four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Road trip frees Kings of LA distractions


At this point, you’ve probably heard all about the Los Angeles Kings perfect 10-0 road record. However, even if we ignore that, playing on the road at this time of year might actually be an advantage.

Back in Los Angeles, there’s plenty of buzz about the Kings’ surprising and impressive climb to the Stanley Cup finals. That’s great for the franchise, but it can also be a distraction for the players.

“There’s so much happening,” Jeff Carter said. “Especially when you’re one win away, it’s nice to get away and focus on hockey. That’s what we’re here to do is to win. We’re comfortable playing on the road. There are no distractions, nothing to worry about, except hockey.”

Carter isn’t the only one who thinks that way.

“There’s a lot going on, just a buzz in the city,” said Colin Fraser. “We’re comfortable on the road. I don’t really know why, but we’ve just played well on the road.”

If the Los Angeles Kings are unable to win Game 5, then they’ll head home for Game 6 on Monday.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

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Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)