Snapping Back


Although Edmonton is the City of Champions, I thought it was a bit of a gutless move to unveil their brand new statue tonight, during the Los Angeles Kings first game since 2007 without Anze Kopitar. 

Kings 2, Worst Team in the NHL 0, Anze Kopitar At Home Alone

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With their 2 best offensive players out of the lineup, the coaches of the Los Angeles Kings decided to take a different approach Tuesday night in Edmonton.

“So Johnny, I’m curious to what you are thinking here.”

“Well, Murph, I was thinking we should just dress everyone but
Drewiske and Harrold and pray that someone can score.”

“Hey guys, I have some great ideas to boost our power play!”

“Murph, seriously. Can we fire him before the playoffs?”

How confusing was it for the Kings players tonight? Coach Murray had to pass out scorecards so they would know who was on which line.

I don’t know about you guys…
but that is one hot group of centers down the middle. 

Is Jarret Stoll wearing the “A”?
Or is that just the results of his hepatitis test on his chest?

Now that 2/3 of the Los Angeles Kings Captains are former Edmonton Oilers, Fox Sports West HD decided to unveil their latest foray into talk shows… “Keeping It Real with Patrick O’Neal and Former Oilers.” The first guest was former Oiler, Dustin Penner.  

“Thank for joining us tonight, Dustin.”

“No problem at all, Patrick. Pleasure to be here.”

“Let’s start out simple… do you envision yourself ever scoring in the NHL again?”

“This interview is over.”

Honestly, is there a info-graphic that better describes the Edmonton Oilers season than the one above?

Okay, I stand corrected.

With his 3rd shutout of the season tonight, Jon Bernier has really turned his season around after his not-so-elite-goalie start. But I think the good folks at the Fox Sports West HD Graphic Department got things mixed up again.

Let’s do some math here. So if Bernier has 18 wins. And Jon Quick has 33. That would mean…
…carry the 1 and…. the Kings have 51 wins this season. Man, the West is tough!

I made a promise to Twitter buddy @lankykwas. If he made it onto tv with his “Don’t Dought Drew” sign… then I would put it on the blog. Well, @lankykwas… I am a man of my word.

I was confused as I thought the sign read “Put Down that Doughnut, Drew!”

Trevor Lewis obviously listened to everyone on the internet today and had two beautiful passes to Dustin Brown that would make any Kings fan smile.

This one’s for the ladies in the audience.

And this one is for the awkward, hipster men.

I have to say, despite losing their leading scorer and best player to a horrific ankle injury… the Los Angeles Kings have been looking pretty, pretty, pretty good against the 2 worst teams in the NHL. Bring on the next opponent!!!

Vancouver! Why does it have to be Vancouver!

Anze Kopitar is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. But where ever he is, I know he’ll be keeping an eye on his favorite team.

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.