Playoff Preview Party: Game 5


Game 5
HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
Sharks lead 3-1

Are the Kings in the Next Round?

Blog Opponent: Fear the FinCouch Tarts

Well, it’s official. Coach Murray has gone rogue

Scott “Scooter” Parse is here to save the day.

That’s right, Coach Murray is putting 26 year-old Scott Parse, who is coming off surgery on his hip and hasn’t played since November 15th of last year, on the “1st” line for the Los Angeles Kings. And Alex Ponikarovsky, who scored a goal in the Game 4 6-3 loss, is benched in place of Dustin Penner. Here is how the Kings will be lining up tonight:

Parse-Handzus-Williams
Smyth-Lewis-Brown
Clifford-Richardson-Simmonds
Penner-Stoll-Westgarth

I think it’s cute that they still consider the line of Kyle Clifford, Brad Richardson and Wayne Simmonds the “3rd” line. That line is the only one doing anything out there for the Kings. Meanwhile, Oscar Moller, the adorable Swedish scamp who played during the Kings lone win in this series, sits in the press box again, being scratched in favor of Kevin Westgarth, Dustin Penner and nearly John Zeiler. I think it’s safe to say that the Kings organization will be letting Moller go when his entry level contract expires at the end of this season… but I’m worried he may not make it that far.

I don’t know why everyone is second guessing this move by Coach Murray. Scott Parse does have 4 points in his last 5 games… from just over 5 months ago. It’s the perfect time to see what he can do on the top line. If I didn’t know any better, I would think this was a desperation move by Coach Murray.

I can’t tell if this is the look of desperation or celebration.

7:30pm game time. Do or die. I don’t want Los Angeles Playoff Hockey to end tonight. Bring it back to LA at least. 

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.