Looking Back

A convincing 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks has L.A. Kings fans buzzing. How do Canucks fans at or around British Columbia feel about the butt kicking they were handed?

Darryl Sutter’s Kings look and play like the team we expected, who many picked as a “contender.” Still, there is far more work left to be done, especially on the powerplay.

Tonight’s Game

The Colorado Avalanche come to town on the heels of a Saturday 4-2 victory in Anaheim against the Ducks. They are led by Matt Duchene in goals (12-12-24) but they will miss him tonight as, last I heard, he is on injured reserve (in addition to Peter Mueller, Mark Olver and defenseman Ryan Wilson). Milan Hejduk (which I still like to pronounce Hedge Duck) wears the C but it is 20 year old center (2009 draft, 33rd overall) Ryan O’Reilly that leads them in points (9-19-28). Colorado is 21-18-1 with 43 points, only one behind us but which puts them 9th in the Western Conference.

As I write this, no word on any line changes. We’ll see if the Richards-Kopitar-Brown line was a Vancouver night special as we will also watch if the line I loved of Richardson-Loktionov-Lewis stays intact. It’s not difficult to see what Daryl Sutter is doing, something to which Terry Murray only gave lip service – creating three scoring lines.

No word on Jonathan Quick or Bernier. I hope Bernier gets the start. If Darryl Sutter can break Murray’s mismanagement of the goaltenders and their rotation, this Kings fan will be very happy.

Games To Watch Around The League

Aside from the Winter Classic outdoor game of the Flyers vs. Rangers, the other big matchup with seeding implications is San Jose at Vancouver, the battle of the “who do we hate more?” San Jose has an insane 5 games in hand on us while we hold a two point lead over them. Since there is no way they both lose (thanks a lot, Bettman), Kings fans should want to see San Jose walk away with zero points…I couldn’t bring myself to write Vancouver Canucks w…wi…nope, can’t do it.

This is your open forum. GO KINGS!