The upshot to the condensed 2012-2013 season is that travel is a bit lighter for the Kings and the Western Conference. None of those pesky 3, 4, 5 hour flights to other times zones all the time wher…. What? Tennessee? That’s not in the fucking West. It’s East of the damn Mississippi! So all these East COAST teams get to skate and skirt up and down the seaboard, changing time zones maybe once, and we’re playing games in Nashville? Screw this.

I miss the Eastern Conference. If we are going to be jet setting all over the country, Columbus, Nashville, Detroit, I want to see the Rangers, the Flyers, Montreal and Ottawa, not the Nashville fucking shoot-me-in-the-head-this-is-boring-could-you-pick-a-more-puke-inducing-shade-of-yellow Predators. At least I think we only have to suffer what Barry Trotz calls a skull (its a lumpy couch cushion) once more this season after this game.

Anywho, Jonathan Bernier will be starting in goal tonight. Dustin Penner will play on the third line and Brad Richardson will sub in for Colin Fraser.

Are you laughing yet?

Like hell any of that will happen. Maybe after 20 games Bernier will get a start. No, none of that will be happening as far as I know. Call it wishful thinking that Richardson will ever play.

I’m sure we’ll see the same old lineup, the same old suffocating offensively numb game we always see against Nashville. I’m also sure we’ll win. This team will put two wins together. No more getting caught feeling out the trapping, board-winding antics of the Preds. The Kings need to, and will, take some smash-mouth hockey to the ice from the puck drop. Bring on the swagger.

Quick is gearing up for a big game. Richards, Williams, Kopitar, Voynov, Quick, these are guys starting to get their grooves back. Lets open up these pussy cats and get all warm and cozy in their intestines.

I know, I know, and you thought Barry Trotz smelled bad on the outside.