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OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
The LA Kings lost to the injury-depleted Detroit Red Wings 3-1
which left most LA Kings fans feeling sad after the game.
The LA Kings losing to the Red Wings wasn't even the most depressing thing that happened over the weekend.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:
Sure, the LA Kings might be in a 3-6-1 funk in their last 10 games... but that doesn't mean they aren't superstars!
If you blinked (or if you changed the channel because you hate serious Robin Williams) you might have missed Dwight King, Kyle Clifford and Davis Payne making their national commercial debut.
If you are going to showcase cutting edge technology...
then Kyle Clifford and Dwight King are your guys.
Look how happy Dwight King is with the iOS 7 upgrade!
Can I download an app that allows me to watch a King to Clifford one-timer every day?
And if the airwaves weren't enough... the LA Kings/Apple relationship extends to the web as well...
The Kings have been playing pretty well since they started using iPad technology to help their game. I bet there are a few other players in the league that could learn from it.
LA TOURISM BOARD:
The Vancouver Canucks are slowly creeping up on the LA Kings in the Western Conference playoff race... so the LA Kings Marketing Department decided to bring out their secret weapon when it comes to placing a curse on opposing teams...
That's right, the LA Kings Dodgers Pride Night is usually a kiss of death for opposing NHL teams. The LA Kings have been celebrating Dodgers Pride Night for a few years (and the Dodgers have even returned the favor a few times) but I'm not sure the general public has been fully aware of the damage it has caused until now.
DECEMBER 12th, 2009
Eric Karros drops the ceremonial puck as the LA Kings go on to beat the Dallas Stars 3-2. Later that season, the LA Kings would go on to make the playoffs for the first time in 8 years as the Dallas Stars continued a downward trend that has them missing the playoffs for 5 straight seasons. And after dominating the Pacific Division for so long, Eric Karros dropping the puck would set off a chain reaction that forced the Stars to flee to the Central Division to avoid the Dodgers Pride Night Curse.
JANUARY 13th, 2011
The St. Louis Blues were a perfect 8-0 all-time in the playoffs against the LA Kings when Don Mattingly dropped the ceremonial puck on January 13th, 2011. Since then, the St. Louis Blues playoff success against the LA Kings has completely imploded... losing 8 of 10 games in the post-season to the Kings.
FEBRUARY 16th, 2012
LA Dodgers GM, Ned Colletti, dropped the ceremonial puck as the LA Kings took on the Phoenix Coyotes. The Kings would lose this game 1-0... but later that season the Phoenix Coyotes would be defeated in the Western Conference final as the LA Kings went on to do the one thing the LA Dodgers haven't done under Ned Colletti's leadership... win a championship.
APRIL 18th, 2013
As the LA Kings faced the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasorda dropped the ceremonial puck between team Captains, Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson. Lasorda deliberately didn't shake Jack Johnson's hand after the puck drop... sending Johnson on a career downward spiral that included his omission from the Team USA roster as well as increased the echoes that Jack Johnson could be a NHL Draft bust.
DECEMBER 23rd, 2013
Although not officially a Dodgers Pride night, Tommy Lasorda continued his "puck drop of terror" as the LA Kings celebrated the release of the Coors Light Stadium Series Chrome Jerseys™ against the Dallas Stars. And although the Kings lost this game, since December 23rd the Dallas Stars are 2-6-1, dropping out of the Wild Card race in the Western Conference. Tommy Lasorda strikes again!
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.
Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:
BRAD RICHARDSON, CENTER
In 8 games versus the LA Kings in his career, Brad Richardson has 0 POINTS & 6 PIMs
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Via the LA Times... it seems like Wayne Gretzky is coming home.
Gretzky will be honored during the outdoor game between the Kings and Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, ending a four-year, self-imposed exile that stemmed from a dispute over money the NHL owed him from the Phoenix Coyotes' financial mess. A rendering provided to The Times shows many wondrous sights that will be constructed on the field — an avenue of palm trees separating a beach volleyball court in left field from a performance stage in right field, an inline skating rink near home plate, and the rink stretching across the infield — but having Gretzky in the house might be the most splendid vision of all.
I wish that the NHL would combine the beach volleyball court and the inline skating rink...
...and truly honor LA's hockey history.
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, Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens. 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