Getting The Poison Out of My System


I have to admit, it’s still very strange to still be talking about the Los Angeles Kings after the regular season and Draft Lottery. But here we are, 8 years after the Kings lost to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs. It’s been a long, strange trip for me and Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy… mainly because we signed up for our Half Season Seats 8 years ago and are just going to see Kings playoff hockey for the first time. Dean Lombardi was brought in to change the culture of this team from a place that aging hockey players finish out their careers while living on the beach… to an young, powerful team that is built to last. Helene Elliott has an epic article in todays LA Times Sports Section (you know the Kings are in the playoffs when they make the front page of the Sports section!) about how Dean Lombardi has shaped this playoff team… but how there is still far to go. As Kings fans, we are used to losing. It’s the poison in our system. We are used to bad trades, burned out prospects and laughable goaltending. But for one bright, beautiful sunny California spring day… there is hope. There is excitement. There is playoff hockey in Los Angeles.

Now, I’m not a predictions kinda guy. I tend to leave that stuff up to the experts. But I do think that on paper… these teams are pretty evenly matched. But the real battle here isn’t Vancouver vs Los Angeles… it isn’t USA vs Canada… it isn’t Smythe Division foe vs Smythe Division foe… no… this is a battle of 2 teams… that have had a heck of a lot of jerseys during their time in the league.

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Check out what the heck I’m talking about…. after the jump!!!

 

Yes, there was a time when these two teams played each other… that it looked something like this:

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And in the mid 1990′s when the NHL decided to start their 3rd Jersey program… the Canucks and Kings had some of the worst jerseys in the league.

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But in todays NHL… consider me a fan of the current Vancouver Canucks jersey. I mean anything that looks like an old Hartford Whalers jersey is A-OK in my book!

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Yeah, those are pretty fuckin’ awesome jerseys there. Seriously.

But you have to admit… this looks pretty cool too…

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Kings vs Canucks. It all starts tonight. And wouldn’t you know it… I have tickets to see the band Pavement, who are reuniting after breaking up in 1999. So it’s been 11 years since I’ve had the chance to see Pavement perform live… and 8 years since I went to Game 6 versus the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs. For those of you keeping score at home… that’s 19 years of waiting… and it all goes down in the same night?!? I decided to keep my tickets for the show tonight… and then race home to watch the game on DVR. So I’ll be shutting off all contact with the outside world at 7pm, Pacific Time. No tweets, no facebooking, no emails, no texts. This is what I usually do during the regular season when it comes to Kings games… Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I have gotten quite good at cutting ourselves off from the Kings internet world. But this will be our first time trying to do it in the playoffs.. in oh, say 8 years?

For all of your Vancouver Canucks news, notes and soon to be road trip guides… please check out Benched Whale. They even have their Kings-Canucks preview up and it’s quite impressive. I’m just excited to see Ryan Kesler and Dustin Brown go at it for 7 games.

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.