Wasted days and wasted nights.

It could be that mournful country and western song. Any song about a lost dog, a lost love … or a lost hockey team.

The early days of the condensed schedule sent the Kings hopscotching through the West, from Los Angeles to Denver to Edmonton to Glendale, Ariz.

They weren't able to leave Edmonton until about 1 a.m., hours after losing 2-1 in overtime to the Oilers. This meant the Kings arrived in Phoenix around 5 a.m. Friday and practice was canceled.

So far, the trip has been about wasted chances — on the power play, an inability to hold the lead and failure to solve the scoring woes dating back to the dark days of last season.

"I know everyone right now is pretty down with this loss," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said Thursday. "We get one point, which is a start. We should have won that game. We're not happy with ourselves. It's such a short season. Every game is so important.

"Going into the next one — no ifs, ands or buts — we've got to win that one."