I’ve no patience to preview this game.
I’m even considering staying home and just watching on TV… though that might have something to do with the green crap coming up my throat and the germ warfare going on in the trenches of my workplace. Then again, maybe the sickness in the throat is an evolution of the sickness in my head which has been slowly developing over 7 of the last 8 Kings’ games.
Somehow, even if it may not initially seem that way, I remain positive. Optimism is a plague far worse than whatever virus has overtaken my adenoids.
The big news for the day is obviously the acquisition of Marco Sturm (pending a physical), but considering that he is not ready for game action just yet, the news of the day has no bearing on today.
Today, all that matters is that the Kings come together as a group and overcome their own sickness. The disease of losing and the cancer of negatively charged emotion that became somewhat clearer after Matt Greene’s comments to Hammond yesterday.
Details, details, details.
The Florida Panthers are not what you would call a good team. At 12th in the East with a record of 10-13-0 for 20 points, the Panthers are also playing on the second night of a back to back in which they dropped their first game by a score of 5-3 to the Ducks. With a plethora of middle-tier players, the Panthers leading scorers are Micheal Frolik, David Booth, Dennis Wideman and Bryan McCabe. Frolik has a whopping 13 points while the rest have 12. No one on their roster has more than 5 goals, except for Mike Santorelli who has 7. Some would call that balanced offense, others would call it no offense. Unfortunately that puts the Panthers only one spot behind the Kings in goals scored per game, at 2.56 (21st) and the Kings at 2.61 (20th).
The Panthers penalty kill is decent at a 83.3 success rate. Their powerplay? Well that’s a different story. If you thought the Kings struggled on the powerplay, clicking at a paltry 15.2%, check out Florida’s at an anemic 8.8%, good for dead last in the league.
On the Kings roster, one change will be made as Peter Harrold subs in for Davis Drewiske.
The lines will remain from practice yesterday:
Needless to say, this lineup card is taking more of my time than I thought.
I’d give you my keys to the game, but “SHOOT THE FUCKING PUCK!” is more of a demand than it is a key.
I expect great things from our team tonight. I think they are ready to get back to winning hockey. I predict Williams finally playing alongside Kopitar will be an instant success. So Anze, Justin, make me look good, and snag 2 points while you’re at it.
We will reserve comment on Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson until after the game.
Always and forever,
GO KINGS GO!