Missing Your Periods

I know that Coach Murray has made a commitment this season to resting his young goaltender, Jon Quick, as much as possible. But I think his plan of resting the entire Los Angeles Kings for the 1st 2 periods of each game is a little ridiculous.

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Hey Kopi, I know you got hit pretty hard by that stick…
but you remember there are
THREE periods in each game, right?

Kings 1 Period, 3 Goals, Thrashers 3 Periods, 1 Goal

I have no problem with the Kings being able to phone it in for 2 periods and then have Old Man Ryan Smyth decide he wants to make it home in time to watch Golden Girl re-runs and quickly become the leading scorer of the team in 20 minutes. The Kings team that came out in the 3rd period was the exact team all Kings fans have been hoping would show up this season. But while you may be able to pull it off against the Atlanta Thrashers… you ain’t gonna be able to play like that against most of the teams in the Western Conference. Okay, maybe the Ducks. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about the Kings effort against some fringe team from the Eastern Conference… it was the 2010-2011 home opener… and you know what that means? Party like a rock star in front of Staples!!!

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Because nothing screams passionate hockey fan like a Solar Powered Block Party!!!
Hollah!!!!

Even though the home opener was on a Tuesday, there was a really big crowd of people in front of Staples Center well before the doors opened up.

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And there even was an appearance by the Stanley Cup!

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EDITORS NOTE: That should read “an appearance by the Stanley Cupcakes.”

For some reason, they were giving away purple cupcakes to all fans before the game. I was offered one but I refused. It’s bad luck to eat a cupcake from the Stanley Cup before you’ve won it. Everyone knows that. In addition to frosted baked treats, there were some other fun things on display out in front of Staples.

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There was a hockey lamp for sale that even an 8 year old boy would look at and say “man, that’s lame.”

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I’ve never been to a Lakers Home Opener but I highly doubt they put a Lakers jersey on Gretzky.
Please extend us the same courtesy.

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This might have been the best thing on display outside Staples.

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I’m sure Luc was really able to enjoy the festivities knowing that he’s no longer in a contract year.

I don’t know about you, but I was ready to head inside, grab a player card at the entrance, sit down and study all the stats for the players from both teams.

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Oh. This is awkward.

That’s right, in what can only be viewed as a cost-cutting move, the Los Angeles Kings have decided to not have player cards given out at the entrance to the games this season. For those of you not familiar with player cards… they were 8×10 cards… of Kings players… with the stats of both teams on the back. Without this kind of information, Kings fans may be confused when they go to buy jerseys of their favorite players.

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With a player card, this dude would have never bought that Straka jersey.

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The sign says “Get Well Pavelec.” Who says Los Angeles fans don’t know hockey!

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NHL’s youngest team… Radio’s oldest DJ.

One of the big things promised as an upgrade to the Los Angeles Kings franchise this season isn’t a first line Left Winger or even some secondary scoring. No, it’s the new custom laser light experience before the game starts.

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Before.

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After.

The green lasers lit up the Staples Center and the awesome song “Uprising” by the awesome band Muse blasted in the speakers. The crowd seemed to love it… but I think the Kings may be facing a pretty nasty lawsuit soon. I saw Muse perform at Staples Center just a few weeks ago… and I submit as evidence a photo I took from that night.

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Coincidence? I think not.

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Slash is not amused by the lasers. Or Slash just has no idea where he is.

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Ian Ziering knows exactly where he is. Taking 2 hot girls to a hockey game…
and then back to his house in Studio City for a hot tub.

There were only 2 things I noticed during watching my favorite hockey team in person for the first time this season. (Well, first time in person when it counts.) One is that Willie Mitchell has the biggest fucking hockey stick I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

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Ryan Smyth is 6’1″. Willie Mitchell’s stick is 8’4″.

Willie Mitchell is fast becoming one of my favorite new Kings. (But let’s be honest, it’s either him or Alexei Ponikarovsky due to the stellar Free Agent signing off-season.) But not so much for his play on the ice, but rather for the fact that he agrees to do commercials like this.

Sweet microphone.

The other thing I learned from watching the Kings in person is that the problem with Brayden Schenn is simple. Over the past 3 games, Brayden has received an amazing amount of goal scoring opportunities… only to not capitalize on any of them. Seriously, that 19 year-old could have 5 goals by now. But it’s obvious to me that the Kings Training Staff forgot to test Schenn’s depth perception as part of the pre-season physical.

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This is the actual goal in front of Schenn when he’s about to shoot.

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This is what Schenn sees.

Short of Brayden Schenn murdering someone on the Kings staff in a fit of frustration by not being able to bury scoring chances… I think it’s safe to say that Schenn is in LA for the long run. He’s been the one of the best player on the ice at times. But the best part of last nights home opener… why the new scoreboard, of course!

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Not so much for the scoreboard itself, but for what it says on it.

Game 3 is in the books. Only 79 more to go!

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.