TRH Gameday 36 – Phoenix Coyotes: Reset Button

Game #36

LA Kings 
(16-14-5, 20th in NHL)
Phoenix Coyotes
(18-14-3, 16th in NHL)

Season Series Tied (11)

7:00pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA


Five For Howling

There are 47 games left in the 2011-2012 NHL Season. In order to get 98 points in the Western Conference (which no way guarantees a playoff spot, but is rather likely to secure one) the Los Angeles Kings need to go 28-14-5. Depressing, right? Well… maybe they don’t need to go exactly 28-14-5 to get 98 points.

Wait… this team only needs to go 19-21-7 to get 98 points?
That’s TOTALLY doable. 
Although 47-0-0 would make me feel more confident about making the playoffs.

Call it a do-over, a reset, a mulligan… whatever you want. But the LA Kings 2011-2012 season re-starts tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. And this is the guy that is going to be in charge of their playoff destiny.

I love this photo so much.

I don’t get it… why is everyone so excited about watching a bunch of little juniors play in an ice hockey tournament? OHHHHH, I see. Of course, Mayor’s Manor provides your best coverage for any LA Kings player at the World Junior Championship in Alberta. And if you are looking to follow the tournament on your iPad or your iPhone, check out this cool app from a Friend of the Blog, Row0. You can download the app for your iPad here. Check it out and let the developers know what you think. They are cool guys, even if they are from Edmonton.

Guess Who’s Back?!?

With 2 points in the last 7 games… now is as good a time as ever to bring back an extra-special Holiday Edition of PennerPoint! The rules are still simple. Just guess the exact time and period that Dustin Penner scores his 3rd goal of the season tonight against the Coyotes... and you win a free t-shirt from The Royal Half Gift Shoppe. You can put your predictions in the comments below or reply to me on Twitter with #PennerPoint. If for some reason Dustin Penner scores the 3rd goal of the game in regulation tonight (which would be the 1st time in 15 games the Kings have scored 3 in regulation)… we’ll have an extra special bonus for the winner. Good luck!

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.