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BUFFALO SABRES VS JEFF CARTER POINTS UPDATE:
The LA Kings are back home after a 4 game road trip that saw them go 3-1. But before beating the Nashville Perds 2-1
this past Thursday night, the LA Kings players received a CBA mandated day off
on Wednesday. And the players obviously used this day off to rest their weary road legs.
The crazy part is that Mike Richards probably caught this fish after the morning skate.
Now, for most of us LA Kings fans... seeing Anze Kopitar score a shootout goal is no big surprise. Even when it's as amazing as this:
But for brand-new King, Daniel Carcillo... who has never experienced the thrill of the Kopi Shootout Winner™... it's easy to understand why he would get excited.
Act like you been there before, Daniel.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:
Apparently... Kyle Clifford walks like a raptor.
LA TOURISM BOARD:
The Dallas Stars come into Staples Center with a 3-3 record on the season. In their last game, the Stars had a big victory against the San Jose Sharks
... but are dealing with a lower body injury suffered by Kari Lehtonen
Besides no longer being in the Pacific Division... the biggest change for the Dallas Stars this season has been their uniforms.
The jerseys have come under a lot of scrutiny from fans and media types. And even LA Kings Head Coach, Darryl Sutter, has weighed in on the new Stars jersey.
"It looks good. I like ‘em. I like the greens more than the whites. But I like it. It’s good."
Well, since The Royal Half has several tipsters in and around the NHL ranks... we were able to receive some rejected prototypes of the new Dallas Stars jerseys.
DALLAS COWBOY STARS
The Dallas Stars have not made the playoffs in the last 5 seasons and their attendance is in the bottom 1/3 of the league. So if you are going to re-brand your team... why not pattern it after another Dallas-based team that's only made the playoffs once in the last 5 seasons but leads the league in attendance.
DALLAS CHUCK TAYLOR ALL-STARS
The Dallas Stars have long had the reputation of being one of the oldest teams in the NHL... and their free-agent signings and trade acquisitions this past summer have done nothing to dispel that notion. So if you are going to operate a NHL franchise that gives a 2 year, 10 million dollar contract to a 39 year old or 9 million dollars to a 40 year old... why not spend some money on marketing your jerseys to the one thing that your franchise doesn't have.... youth!
By aligning themselves with the official shoe company of the hipster... the Dallas Stars could appeal to a whole new brand of hockey fan. And if it doesn't catch on with the hockey hipsters... at least the Stars players will have plenty of workout gear to use.
Erik Cole models his latest pair of Chuck Taylors.
DALLAS SOUTH STARS
The Dallas Stars franchise has long shied away from its scandalous history of moving the team to Dallas from Minnesota. So maybe it's time to make amends to the past... and re-brand the team as the Dallas South Stars!
This way, the Dallas hockey team will finally have a name that sums up the direction this franchise has been heading since 2008!
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
After a successful 3-1 road trip, roommates Jeff Carter and Daniel Carcillo return home...
Guaranteed that Carcillo still ate them.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf