TRH Gameday 51 – Columbus Blue Jackets: No Jacket Required

Game #51

58 pts
7th in Western Conference
32 pts
15th in Western Conference

Season Series tied 11

7:30pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA


No, seriously… with 5 points in 20 games, 
Fredrick Modin is probably the best Kings trade deadline acquisition ever.

Dark Blue Jacket
Light the Lamp
The Cannon

Trades. Trades. Trades. Trades. Trades. It seems to be the only thing people want to talk about now that the All-Star Break is over. (Myself included.) But you know what? Until this team has scored more than 2 goals in its 2 games against the worst team in the league… you don’t get to talk about which forward they need to bring in to complement the Top 6. HEY!!! DON’T YOU ROLL YOUR EYES AT ME, MISTER!!!

Matt over at Life in Hockeywood has started a Kings Blogger Prediction Panel in the spirit of what the Ottawa Citizen likes to do in order to keep their season interesting. (Offer not valid during the 2011-2012 season apparently.) So, here are 7 LA Kings Blogger Predictions for tonight’s exciting Kings-Blue Jackets contest.

The Royal Half
Score: Blue Jackets 2, Kings 1, SO
Reason: After watching the Columbus Blue Jackets lose 6-0 to the San Jose Sharks Monday night… I’m fully prepared for them to beat the LA Kings 2-1 in a shootout.

Jon Gillette from Rink Royalty
Score: Kings 4, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: The Kings have had 9 days to reflect on their poor performance and have to be itching to get out there and show everyone that they’re ready to kick some ass down the stretch and grab the Pacific Division.

Quisp from Jewels From the Crown
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO.
Reason: it’s a 3-2 league. 

Bobby Scribe from Surly and Scribe
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: dun dun dun dundun dun dun dun dundun dun dun dun dundun dundundun JACKETS SUCK!

Meg Jarrell from Kings Court
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: The Kings play the day before Groundhog Day, and I’m convinced the boys didn’t see their shadow during the All-Star break.

Paul Armbruster from Deep Inside the Kings
Score: Kings 3, Jackets 1
Reason: Rust vs. Must: Kings struggle early, trying to find their legs, while the boys from Ohio play desperate ‘must win’ hockey after being embarrassed last night. In the end, the Kings do just enough to squeak out a win after scoring an empty netter with under a minute to go.

Matt Murray from Life In Hockeywood
Score: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1, SO
Reason: All season, the Kings haven’t been scoring. I doubt they will have solved that glaring issue over the past nine days… Quick will continue to shine, however.

What say you? Put your predictions in the comments, yo.

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.