Things you can count on during a Kings trip here:
• Center Jeff Carter getting booed. Yes, still. Even though his Blue Jackets tenure was more like a walk-on role, wrapping when he was traded to the Kings in 2012, during his only season with Columbus.
• Then there's the cannon at Nationwide Arena, the loud explosion of noise when Columbus scores. Even when you think you are braced for it, well, you are not.
The Kings hope to minimize the cannon noise when they open a six-game trip Tuesday night at Columbus, before heading to Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.
Last season, the December trip was slightly different but problematic nonetheless. It was...