Getting Off On The Right Hostile Foot

The Kings appropriately play the no-good putz Ducks tonight at Staples. This will be the first game where the Kings top 3 lines will be wholly intact, with a look at what could be the 4th line. Hammond brought us the full expected line up yesterday, so for the sake of simple reference…

Penner-Kopitar-Williams
Gagne-Richards-Brown
Clifford-Stoll-Parse
Richardson-Loktionov-Westgarth

Mitchell-Voynov
Martinez-Greene
Drewiske-Hickey

Quick
Bernier

I love seeing Loktionov get this look. Even though no one wants to see him in a low minute roll,the kid is pretty damn ready to make the big show. He likely won’t be putting Trevor Lewis, whom we assume will have that spot come the regular season, in the unemployment line any time soon, but clearly the coaches refuse to just cast him off without a fight. The same likely can’t be said for Brandon Kozun, sorry Bobby.

Speaking of getting a good look, how about that first defensive pairing? Based off what we all saw at the game of Wednesday, Vito Voynov is looking like a pretty darn respectable replacement for a certain someone. He’s even got the whole alliteration thing going for him as well. Let’s not pretend like that pairing with Mitchell isn’t a strong sign in Vito’s favor. It is and deservedly so.

But enough good stuff, what the hell about Scott Parse? You can tell me all you want that he had a year off sitting around in a suit, but the regular season is close and if this guy doesn’t show some pretty major improvement starting tonight, color me concerned. Or tally me banana. Maybe I’ll throw one at him if his play with the puck is as slippery as it was in his last outing. Too soon? It doesn’t even make sense guys. I’m just trying to get Parsenip’s name in the paper. His play likely won’t be doing that any time soon. I’m harsh because I care.

What scares me is Parse seemingly has his roster spot all locked up. Look, Terry, I know you have a ‘you don’t lose your spot due to injury’ rule and all, but can’t we make an exception when the guy barely played at all last year and didn’t play all that much the year before either? It’s not like Parse ever really had a spot to begin with, he had the promise of the hope of maybe filling a role that has subsequently already been filled by Gagne and Penner and Clifford. He looks uncomfortable on the right side, not to mention in his own skin. Hey, if he steps up then wonderful, but if not, are we going to see a bold move and stick Parse in the press box (cough cough waivers cough) and give old Trent Hunter a real contract? Hell, at the moment, I’m pleading for Ethan Moreau to be on the third line right wing. I realize that Lombardi is likely terrified of Parse leaving and pulling a Moulson / Boyle / Purcell, but to be honest, with our roster, and Loktionov and Kozun and Toffoli and Vey and Weal all waiting in the wings, two to four of them beating the door down, or at least pulling up to the curb, I don’t really care.

Anyways, fuck the Ducks, right?

I wonder if any of their fans will show up. I saw a guy in a Sharks jersey at the last game and I didn’t appreciate it, but that was because it was random. Let those quack jobs come and be taunted. As for King fans, hopefully the rival will draw a larger gathering at Staples than the Coyotes did. Despite Wednesdays never being too popular, the Coyotes have never been the biggest builder of crowds, in their own arena or elsewhere. Though for an exhibition game against a team with tedious attire, I was mostly happy with the turnout. However, tonight, when I do more irreparable damage to my vocal chords, I expect to hear some damn cheering in return. Deal?

Finally and tangentially, I have an extra ticket to Frozen Fury I’m looking to get rid of… Bought 6 and only have 5 people going now. Section 4, row R, seat 13. Paid $92 bucks for it. I’ll take $80 (face value) for it from a reader. Spend the savings on ear plugs since you’d be sitting next to me. Any takers?

Don’t forget, fuck the Ducks.

GO KINGS GO!



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10 replies

  1. I feel bad for Parse. He has shown flashes of brilliance over the last few years but gets pulled from the lineup because TM seems to be really hard on him and then the hip last year. Seems like he cant get his game going. I thought that was a mistake when I saw him penciled in on the right side, WTF thought he was LW. Now it all makes sense, no wonder the guy isnt playing well on the right side!! I think he has real potential to be a 25-30 goal LW if he would just stick.
    And yeah if he gets moved he will definitely be another Moulson.

  2. I’m still looking for a ticket, let me know if you still have it. Thanks.

  3. But are you bringing fruit to throw at Perry?

  4. The Ducks won’t be playing their top lines (I don’t think). They didn’t get in till late last night, and their top line has played back to back games, so it’s doubtful. I was hoping for a strong NHL line up from them tonight. It should be a great game tonight regardless, and the Kings vs Ducks is always a treat (except when we lose). Probably be a few more fights then normal. I’m still waiting to see them post exactly who they will be icing tonight.

    • I wanna win, of course. But pre-season is simply urethral tickling. Not much more.

      When two points are on the line — that’s the time to see the Ducks disintegrate into veggie puree. I want them weeping, whining, clutching their genitalia, without sphincter or bladder control.

      I don’t want them just to lose. I wanna see them suffer Japanese humiliation. I want Perry, Getzlaff, Bryan, Hiller, Visnovsky, Carlyle — the whole flock of them — to collapse in fetal obeisance.

      I’m glad that — after being a Kings fan for so many years — I’ve learned to appreciate the true sportsmanship of this game.

      • Very nice. I want those things too. I just want them to happen when the Ducks are at their pinacle of strength. That would make knocking them down all the more satisfying, and would leave no doubt or excuses as to who won. Until then I’ll take what I can get, but it could be better.

  5. Hey duck fans!! YOU SUCK!!!!!

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