THE ROYAL HALF RESET
After 20 long days, Los Angeles Kings hockey is back! And since one of my favorite hockey sites decided to get its fans up to date, I decided to blatantly rip it off. It’s time to reset the LA Kings 2013-14 NHL season.
REMAINING LA KINGS SCHEDULE
Ooof, those games on the East Coast the 24-27th.
THREE IMPORTANT DATES
- Wednesday, March 5th – Trade Deadline
- Thursday, March 13th – Saturday, March 22nd – A five-game homestand against the Leafs, Ducks, Coyotes, Capitals, Panthers
- Saturday, April 12th – Last game of the regular season (vs. Anaheim Ducks)
Remember, we are now living in a Wild Card World in the NHL. The top three teams in each Division make the playoffs. Then, the two teams with the next best records (regardless of Division) secure the Wild Card spots. Baring some minor miracle of a collapse by the Anaheim Ducks or the San Jose Sharks, the LA Kings are now fighting for 3rd in the Pacific, where they are currently four points ahead of Phoenix and five ahead of Vancouver. So basically, for the LA Kings to lock in a playoff spot, we just need Vancouver and Phoenix to continue to play awful hockey. If for some godforsaken reason the Canucks actually remember how to play ice hockey … the Kings could then be battling a combination of every other team in the Central division except St. Louis, Chicago and Colorado for those two Wild Card spots.
So what happens once the playoff teams are set? The Division Winner with the most points plays the Wild Card with the fewest points in the first round while the other Division Winner plays the other Wild Card. The second and third place teams within each division will also meet in the first round. Sounds confusing? It is, and a lot of people are annoyed with it. But here is a great site that will show you who everyone could be playing in playoffs.
FYI, the playoffs don’t re-seed after the 1st Round…
so there could be scenario where the LA Kings win the Central Division.
WHO TO FOLLOW
We are pretty much at a point right now where everyone and their mother has a LA Kings blog. But if you aren’t reading/following these people already, it’s time to start.
LA Kings Insider – Duh.
Mayors Manor – Duh.
The SB Nation LA Kings Blog – We consider them our nerdy best friends, and they continue to crank out some amazing LA Kings coverage including CORSI numbers.
Battle of California – We consider them our emotionally withdrawn friend who then explodes on you at a moments notice.
THX BUD – They are just like us… but actually funny.
Tom Preissing’s Blog – To this day, still the most informative LA Kings blog out there.
You should also follow all of the above on Twitter. And seriously, if you aren’t already following #TeamTRH on Twitter … let’s make it easy for you, eh?
What you see above is the 1st ever edition of the #TeamTRH Power Rankings.
3 STRETCH RUN STORYLINES
1) Can the LA Kings get their offense in shape?
2) Will Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey and Tanner Pearson ever play together as a line under Darryl Sutter?
3) Will the LA Kings be big-time buyers when it comes to the Trade Deadline? And are they willing to give up some of their core youth?
I took a look back at the LA Kings season so far and gave a preview of what could happen over the next few weeks over at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy.
The Royal Half was named a “NHL Must Follow Twitter Account” by the Sporting News (FYI, this is kinda awesome).
So that’s it for our Royal Half Reset. We promise to you, reader, that #TeamTRH will be all over the last two months of the season. If there is anything you’d like to see us cover, just let us know in the comments!