TRH RECAP 38 & 39: WEEKEND WARRIORS
KINGS 4, OILERS 1
KINGS 3, DUCKS 4 (SO)
Our RECAP master PumperNicholl is back with a look at the past weekend of Los Angeles Kings action. Take it away, PumperNicholl….
*THE FOLLOWING BELOW IS NOT WRITTEN BY THE ROYAL HALF, BUT RATHER A GUEST WRITER*
Ho-hum. The Los Angeles Kings got three out of four points in back-to-back games against the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks over the weekend.
In case you somehow ignore every other hockey site, don’t use social media and ended up on this site because you thought you typed in @theroyalboob like my phone always try to autofill, you don’t know which game the Kings won!
Don’t worry. It’s easy to figure out if you simply look at the Kings history in the scenarios.
Since the start of the 2011-12 season, the Kings hold an impressive 2-6-1 record in day games such as the tilt against the Oilers on Saturday. This includes an impressive 2-1 OT loss to the New York Islanders and a 1-0 shutout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Meanwhile over the same course of time, the Kings have owned the Ducks! Going 6-2 during that span.
So while the charity point was nice to pick up, clearly we dominated the Ducks again! WOOO!
Fourth place! Fourth place! Fourth place!
THE NHL CY YOUNG AWARD RACE
Baseball’s Opening Day has come and gone, but it’s time to take a closer look at the real 2013 Cy Young candidates. Make your voice heard by yelling and calling me an idiot by using #NHLCyYoung on Twitter.
10. Steve Bernier – New Jersey Devils
8-5 in 39 Games
A great bounce back performance by the gritty fourth line winger and the player most responsible for the Kings first championship without getting his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.
9. Andrei Loktionov – New Jersey Devils
7-4 in 22 Games
Oh. …right, right.
8. Dustin Brown – Los Angeles Kings
15-11 in 39 Games
How does a guy who skates on a line with an All-Star center and plays on powerplay unit have so few assists?
7. Gabriel Bourque – Nashville Predators
11-5 in 34 Games
Barry Trotz last month: “Bourque’s our leading scorer right now. In terms of goals. I don’t think anybody in the world expected that… …You don’t expect that. We need other people to chip in too.”
Nashville Predators present day:
Related: Bourque still leads the Predators in goals.
6. Michael Grabner – New York Waiver Wires
12-5 in 36 Games
The perennial Cy Young candidate (70-41 in his career) continues to impress on a team comprised mainly previously underperforming waiver wire pickups.
5. Pascal Dupuis – Pittsburgh Penguins
18-10 in 39 Games
Seriously, how does a guy who skates on a line with an All-Star center and play on the powerplay have so few assists?!
4. Patrik Berglund – St. Louis Blues
15-7 in 37 Games
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know who he is. In his last seven games against the Kings, Berglund has 0 goals and 1 assist to go along with a -4 rating.
TRH In-depth Analysis: Apparently he’s a former first round draft pick and has played on the Blues for five seasons.
3. Shawn Matthias – Florida Panthers
14-5 in 39 Games
Much like #Lumbus and TRH’s newfound affinity for the Calgary Flames, I’ve developed a soft spot for the Panthers. Any team that plays in a warm weather market and can’t attract mainstream coverage when they’re struggling seems like a team that Kings fans can share a connection with.
Plus they sell these right inside the front door. Seriously.
Never change, Florida. …unless you’re moving to Quebec.
2. Jiri Tlusty – Carolina Hurricanes
17-9 in 37 Games
No fucking seriously, how does a guy who skates on a line with an All-Star center and play on the powerplay have so few assists?!?
1. Jeff Carter – Los Angeles Kings
23-5 in 39 Games
Carter is a pure goal scorer in the truest sense. He has only recorded more assists than goals once in his nine years in the league. But Carter’s reaching amazing heights with his ability to not record assists this year with five assists in four calendar months.
But Carter is a true professional and clearly realizes an assist is just as good as a goal right?
Carter “celebrating” Mike Richards early goal against the Oilers.
Carter during the pregame warmup.
Three Stars of the Night Weekend
3. Slava Voynov
Voynov is quickly becoming my favorite member of the Kings. I mean we all hear stories about how the younger Kings have their rowdy, party boy moments and that translates to the ice with their goal celebrations. However, that’s just not the case for the young Russian.
2. The Royal Half
#TRH took over the @LAKings Twitter feed during the 2nd period of the Oilers and hilarity ensued (along with an obvious attempt to suck up from his writer).And apparently the good people of Edmonton had nothing better to talk about.
I never want to go to Edmonton.
1. Jonathan Quick
Quick stepped up big time by making 23 saves in the win over the Oilers to prove to prove to his haters that… Wait, do we really have to do this?
I want Quick to skate around the ice with this before every game.
No matter what happens, TRH is on #TeamJonathan.