TRH Gameday 50 – Ottawa Senators: Otta-what?!

Game #50

LA Kings 
(23-16-10, 12th in NHL)
vs
Ottawa Senators
(27-17-6, 9th in NHL)

7:30pm, Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS 

This one is for you, Hockeywood.

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Honestly, if it wasn’t for this game… I wouldn’t even know that the Ottawa Senators existed.

Seriously, when have you ever seen Jim Fox telestrate during a fight?

Since I know nothing about Ottawa, I turned to the two guys who do. DanyHeatleySpeedwagon is both an All-Star of blogging and tweeting. And he’s going to be tweeting live from the All-Star game in Ottawa, so check him out this weekend. Here are his thoughts on the Senators season so far.. and what he knows about the LA Kings.

The Senators are tied for 4th in the Eastern conference with 60 points, nowhere near where anyone thought they would be at the start of the season. (Hint: where everyone thought they would be, including their fans, is the basement.)  They’ve been rather impressive lately, winning 10 of their last 13.  Less impressive is the fact 2 of their 3 losses came against the Thrashers Jets and the Ducks. (And we all know how much the Ducks suck, am I right?) Also noteworthy is the Senators just recently got their goal differential into positive territory. For a team in 5th place in the conference and near the top of the league in goals scored, that might have surprised you. (Go Eastern Conference!)

My impressions of the Kings this season are: I thought they were supposed to be better than 7th place.  (Relax, I know they’re getting better.)  From what I understand, since they fired their coach and brought in Darryl Sutter the team has rebounded from a slow start and they are starting to pick up momentum in the West.  Since they’re currently in possession of a playoff spot, I’m sure they’ll lose the game because the Senators only have trouble playing against teams that don’t have to save themselves for spring time hockey.

BONUS THOUGHTS: I like the Kings black jerseys and despise that they play in the Western Time Zone since I’ll be very tired for work on Tuesday morning.

Thanks DHSpeedwagon! And now, from uber-Senators fan and writer at Silver Seven Sens, here is RyanClassic’s perspective on seeing a game live at Staples Center… which he did New Years Eve against the Vancouver Canucks!

So, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Ottawa Senators fan? I’m being silly, of course you haven’t. I mean, who wants to think about what it’s like to be a fan of Canada’s least-favourite franchise? Well, I do. Because I’m an Ottawa Senators fan. I don’t
actually live in Ottawa (I live in Vancouver). I haven’t lived there in a good eight years. And that’s just how I like it. I like my team.
They’re fun. They make more comebacks  I love being a fan of a team that’s nowhere near where I live. Except that I wear a Colorado Avalanche hat around town. I mean, who wants to be seen wearing THAT logo?  

On New Year’s Eve, I had the pleasure of attending a Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings game at the Staples Center, and I left with a few takeaways:  

1. Staples Center is HUGE. You could get lost just walking on the concourse. Ever been to HP Pavilion? It’s about a third the size of
Staples. Sitting in the top row, I’m pretty sure I could see space. 

2. Nobody likes the Los Angeles Clippers. Lakers banners? Check. Kings banners? Check. Sparks banners? Pretty sure I saw them. But Clippers? Nowhere to be found.  

3. Gene Simmons was on the Kiss Cam. I can’t say how much that amused me. Then this one guy in front of us was trying to mock Canadians by asking out loud “when’s the last time Gene Simmons went to a Canucks home game?” Well, three weeks later…  

4. You guys really don’t like Drew Doughty anymore. Yikes.  

5. If you’re going to go to a game in Southern California, go to Staples. Have you ever been to the Honda Center? It’s a black pit that sucks away souls. Staples is where it’s at.  

BONUS THOUGHTS: I once lived with an Oilers fan who printed this out and dedicated our fridge:

Food goes in here.

Well, there you have it. An informed primer on the Ottawa Senators direct from the fans of Canada’s 7th favorite hockey team. Us Kings fans can laugh at the Ottawa Senators all we want… but they still have the same amount of Stanley Cup Final appearances as our favorite team does.

Why did it have to be the Ducks?

Oh… and this:

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.