This isn’t your father’s L.A. Kings. We’re young, tough, mean and can kick you in the teeth. It’s all about the Cup.

This isn’t your daddy’s Oilers either. They aren’t the 80’s version of dominating superstars, elite at every position and winning one Cup after another.

Tonight, two teams who have seen a very real reversal of fortunes compared to who they were decades ago face off at Staples Center. I will be there in section 119, as vocal as my lungs will permit with contempt for anything that wears enemy colors or dares to applaud their play. Surly will actually be in one of the PR seats…go figure…it is a bit like putting a tornado in the living room. I give it one period before he is ejected.

The Oilers bring untempered youth, speed and holes of the New Jersey Devils’ variety on defense. For our boys, I just want a simple game, our game, the one with perpetual possession and control of the puck until Edmonton opens up some nice lanes to expose. The powerplay especially should shine tonight. Marco Sturm can also look at this game as an opportunity to test his legs and get involved in the offensive zone.

The Kings will not take the Oilers lightly. We have matured far too much for that.

Bring the noise to Staples! GO KINGS!

Categories: L.A. Kings News


4 replies

  1. Damn, they’re fast. It almost cost us. (How could Quick not be 1 of the 3 stars???)

    What is it with #8 (I am refusing to use his name ’til he shapes up)? Is it a lack of hustle that keeps letting him get tracked down from behind and leading to too many opportunities for the foes; does he not possess situational awareness when things go awry on the breakout; are his teammates failing to communicate with him? How does he go from a Norris trophy finalist to showing such incredible lapses?

    Sturm is getting good ice time but needs more conditioning. He’s also occasionally, visibly, lost in the forechecking system.

    Scuderi has some real grit. That whack to the face had hit him right on the existing stitches.

    Kopi is a physical beast but he still has to shoot the damn puck more. Dude, you already got the pretty face, we don’t need to see pretty boy passes from you. We want awesome goals. (But he does have the best of the billboards with that mug.)

    Martinez is coming on strong. He’s earning the increased ice time. In a big way.

    Poni skated hard again — surely he’s out of the Canine Club now.

    What’s going on with Smyth — gravity seems to winning too many battles with him. A good portion of his TOI is actually Time Sprawled On Ice.

    When will JQ get his just recognition outside of the 323? He’s showing amazing form. Every mention of Tim Thomas and Carey Price needs to be tempered with a “Yeah, so what — look at what Quick is doing!!!” (In fairness, Ondrej Pavelec deserves the same level of lovin’.) How-in-the-hell is Kipprusoff 4th on the NHL saeason lomg 3 Stars tally? How???

    Damn, I had a good yom there tonight!!!

  2. I like your style. Post game up tomorrow.

  3. I thought the Kings could have won this game going away. Several high percentage scoring chances. The Oilers’ goaltender was strong though–was in the right place for most of those high percentage shots.

    Entertaining to watch–a lot of grit from both teams…

  4. “Yom” is a new, and very stylish, typo for “time” by the way. Obviously. Very freaKING, obviously.



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