I don’t know what makes me happier with this image above. The team at the top… or the team at the bottom. It doesn’t matter that it’s the same amount of points as the San Jose Sharks… on December 13th, 2009… the Los Angeles Kings are in first place in the Western Conference. At the end of the 2008 NHL season… the Kings were 2nd to last. That’s quite a 3 year rebuilding plan, huh GM Dean Lombardi?

“I warned you guys… we hit first place… you get noogies!”

Kings 3, Stars 2, Kings Fans, Elated

A solid effort by the Los Angeles Kings. They look tired out there… they looked over matched… but they found a way to win. They played another solid defensive game and once again, goaltender Jon Quick kept them in it. Oh, and look who got his swagger back?

#11 is just 1st twice.

With the news that Wayne Simmonds was injured and going to be out for at least this game, Coach Murray once again was forced to juggle his lines to find the right combination. And that means Teddy Purcell, with 1 goal in his last 28 games found his way back onto the top line. And the other line that was created for most of the 3rd period was Alexander Frolov, Michal Handzus and Oscar Moller… I kinda love the idea of this line.

“Awww, man! THIS is the season I’m going to get traded?
Shark farts!

Tonight was “LA Dodger Night with the Kings” at Staples Center. I don’t know about you, but when I think of baseball… I think of cold, cloudy nights spent in Downtown Los Angeles.

You can almost smell the grass…
… being smoked in all the artist lofts.

I’m all for team pride in Los Angeles… and if any two sports are going to come together… I’m glad it’s baseball and hockey. Because I hate basketball and I especially hate the Lakers. I guess having Dodger Legend (?) Eric Karros drop the first puck tonight was payback for this guy throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium over the summer.

How can a guy look so cool in one uniform
and so dorky in another?

But people don’t realize that there has been a long tradition of Dodgers and Kings coming together in the Los Angeles community. And the LA Kings website has the AMAZING pictures to prove it!

Greatest. Photo. Ever.

The Bulldog signing autographs at the Great Western Forum.
If you squint your eyes, you may see your author way in the back as a 12 year old.

Not really a stretch as Shawn Green did start out playing for Toronto.

I kinda want to frame this and put it on my office wall.

So how do the Kings honor the long tradition of winning baseball in Los Angeles? WITH ICE GIRLS WEARING DODGER T-SHIRTS!

And Dodger caps too.

The worst part about this promotion was that the Ice Girls only wore the t-shirts and hats for the 2nd period. By the 3rd period, they had slipped back into something more comfortable.

And tonight, our lucky section even was visited by one of these Space Age Santas and their little elf… bringing the row in front of us what everyone wants for Christmas… Popcornopolis!

“I said who wants some chocolate drizzled popcorn, bitches!”

The newest nominee for worst job ever… the Ice Girl Elf Helper.

Hate to rain on the first place party too quickly but huge news for the Kings came out after this exciting game. Royal Half favorite, Battle of California favorite and the 2nd best Wayne to ever play for the Kings, Wayne Simmonds (sorry Wayne McBean!), is heading under the knife for some surgery on the meniscus in his left knee.

This is a HUGE loss for the Los Angeles Kings. If Simmonds was playing this well over the past few weeks with this type of injury… I can only imagine how much better he can get. Oh and what else? Ryan Smyth is not available for the 3 game Canadian road trip this week… but should return to the Kings lineup at home on December 26th. Finally.

This is the Los Angeles Kings curse. Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I have seen it before. Just when the Kings get rocking with overall play… they get decimated by injuries. The Kings have played amazingly well during the absence of players like Ryan Smyth and Rob Scuderi. But the Kings will miss what Wayne Simmonds brings every night… and I’ll miss seeing this guy out there each night.

Oh I’ll be back… and I’ll be badder than ever.
Sunday is an off day for the Kings and then it’s time for the players to put on their toques and head up north to Canada… America’s Largest National Forest… for 3 tough games in 4 nights against Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. Let’s see what this first place team is made of. Damn, it feels weird to say that.
The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.