TRH Gameday: Misery in Missouri

Pre-season Game #4

LA Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins
5pm, Sprint Center
Kansas City, Missouri 

BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:

BEST OPPOSITION BLOG:

The Pensblog.
(EDITORS NOTE: The Pensblog is actually the best blog, opposing or not.)

So you are a diehard hockey fan in Kansas City, Missouri. Sure, AEG took a huge gamble in building a rink in the hopes that if they built it, they may come. But they didn’t. Instead they stayed in Pittsburgh and moved back to Winnipeg. (Actually, it turns out that AEG may not have been taking such a huge risk in building the Sprint Center.) So as that previously mentioned diehard hockey fan in Kansas City… what do you do? You settle for the 2nd best thing… NHL pre-season hockey. And the chance to see your two favorite NHL stars in action… live!

Taken in Kansas City from the Jumbotron outside
the Sprint Center by mega Kings fan, @s0nn.

Or not. 

“Drew… you gonna be in Kansas City?!?”

“No effin’ way. I’m holding out just so I won’t have to go there!!!”

“I’m retired!!!”

The game Tuesday night is sold out. And it’s the highest attendance ever for a pre-season game*!!! 

*The highest attendance for a 2011 pre-season game at a neutral, non-NHL venue site in North America that is. 

All of Kansas City is abuzz with hockey fever… even Kansas City Star sportswriter, Randy Covitz, took the time to sit down and preview Tuesday nights pre-season matchup between the Kings and the Penguins. 

“We’re playing one of the premier teams in the game, too,” said Kings coach Bryan Murray. “The fact they’re coming in with a good lineup, it’s in the middle of camp and everybody is starting to move some of their younger players to the minors, we’re looking forward to seeing how our remaining players in camp compete.”

(Here is a screengrab in case it gets fixed.)

I just assumed that Randy Covitz had fired Terry Murray (like most of the Kings fans have already) and replaced him with his much less likeable brother, Bryan. 

I view Bryan and Terry Murray’s relationship as brothers similar to the one in Backdraft.
In the sense that they are both Donald Sutherland

Okay fine… so no Crosby and no Doughty. No big deal, right? At least the rest of the Kings stars are playing. RIGHT?!?

Nope. I’m gonna sit this one out, guys.

Nope.

No way in hell.

That’s right, Scott “Scooter” Parse, for the 2nd season in a row has been handed a starting Right Wing spot in the Los Angeles Kings lineup… and has pretty much blown it. When the pre-season started, never in my wildest imagination did I think I’d ever hear the phrase “and at Right Wing for the Kings, Trent Hunter.” If Trent Hunter keeps up with Mike Richards and Dustin Penner on the top line Tuesday night in Kansas City… you may be hearing that phrase more than you’d ever believe. 

“Wait… that guy over there? That dude is getting time on the top line instead of me?”

Only 3 more pre-season games before that debauchery of mankind Saturday night known as Frozen Fury. And then the boys board a plane and meet me in Europe. Is this the game where the Kings get their pre-season act together?

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.