BEST LA KINGS LEGENDS NIGHT PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:
BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
Cult of Hockey
Copper & Blue
BEST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
WORST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS VS JEFF CARTER POINTS UPDATE:
You would think, after the season that the LA Kings' centers have endured so far... that all the talk about their Thursday night 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes would be about how Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards broke out of their goal scoring droughts in dramatic fashion.
BUT YOU WOULD BE SO WRONG!!!
That's right... Dwight King had a hat trick. I repeat... Dwight King had a hat trick. And LA Kings fans everywhere went crazy!
Whoa... not that crazy!!!
I'm sure that after such a powerful performance, Dwight King has finally earned the respect of the LA hockey media.
I totally understand why Fox Sports West used this stat.
Because they didn't broadcast Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:
Tonight is Jay Wells Legends Night... but we might be seeing a new statue in front of Staples Center soon to honor a LA Kings Legend in the making.
LA TOURISM BOARD:
The Edmonton Oilers come into town having sufferI'M SORRY, I CAN'T... THE OILERS ARE JUST AWFUL. Instead, let's hono(u)r Gordon Jay Wells, who tonight at Staples Center will enter an elite club... LA KINGS LEGEND!
What's that? You don't remember Jay Wells? Maybe you know him better at his natural position...
Jay Wells was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1st round, 16th overall in the 1979 NHL Draft (ahead of such Edmonton Oilers as Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier and Glenn Anderson). Wells began the 1979-80 season with the Binghamton Dusters of the AHL and within a few months, he was called up to the Kings. Wells would play 9 seasons with the LA Kings before being traded in 1988 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Doug Crossman. Wells led the Kings in penalty minutes for six consecutive seasons (1979-80 through 1984-85). His 1,446 penalty minutes as a King are third overall on the Kings all-time lists. He is also one of only 27 players all-time to amass over 1,000 games played (1,098) and 2,000 or more penalty minutes during his NHL career. (Thanks, Mike Kalinowski!) And most importantly, like all fan-favorites of the LA Kings...
...he won a Stanley Cup elsewhere.
So to celebrate all things Jay Wells... I asked Spike Coffman, who is The Royal Half's LA Kings Video Historian, to put together a little vintage video tribute of Jay Wells... doing what he did best. For instance, on October 15th, 1981...
Wow, you would think a guy named Merlin would be able to see that coming.
And on November 3rd, 1983... Jay Wells did something that every single hockey fan today would love to do...
...punch Paul Holmgren in the face.
And even though his nickname was "The Hammer", on February 12th, 1981... Jay Wells did something that he only accomplished 47 times in his NHL career.
He scored a goal.
I can't wait to get home from the game and sell this for way less than Mariano Rivera went for.
As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.
Since Ryan Smyth is out
because he's old with a groin injury, Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
DENIS GREBESHKOV, DEFENSE
In 10 games versus the LA Kings, Denis Grebeshkov has 1 GOAL & 3 ASSISTS
JASON LABARBERA, GOALIE
In 2 games versus the LA Kings, Jason LaBarbera has 2 WINS & 3 LOSSES
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
From LA Kings prospect, Tyler Toffoli, who has 7 goals and 12 points in 10 games,
who seems to be maturing nicely in the AHL.
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