TRH Recap: 10 Minutes or Less

What’s the only thing more fragile than Martin Brodeur’s right arm?

My Directv HD DVR, that’s what!

I came home early for Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils… settled into the couch and then watched 10 minutes of fantastic Los Angeles Kings hockey. Then my Directv HD DVR began to freeze frames every couple seconds or so… making the game unwatchable. So did I miss anything in the last 50 minutes of the game?

Sometimes being a Kings fan makes you feel all twisted up inside.

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KINGS 1, DEVILS 2 (SO)

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Don’t worry, I was able to procure a way to watch the entire game. And if the Kings can procure a way to play the rest of the season like they did those first 10 minutes of this game… then we’re set, plan the parade down Figueroa. 

No, Anton. I disagree… I think the Kings played well for this long.

This is a Kings team that is going to frustrate its fans more than any team has in the past ten years. With Dustin Penner in the lineup last night… this was the team Dean Lombardi has created. This is the team people expect to compete and go deep into the playoffs. And for 10 glorious minutes, it was that team. But then the play fell back to the Kings team of the last 2 seasons… hoping and praying that its goalie doesn’t let a goal in because they can’t get any offense going.

Yup, this is the guy that had 37 saves last night.

This was the first game of the season that I had watched on television. (I’m not sure if my readers knew this, but I flew to Europe for the opening 2 games.) And I just became aware of the biggest change to this Kings team for the new season.

They took the purple out of the FSKINGS logo in the upper right.

That’s correct, with the AEG mandated purple-cide of the Los Angeles Kings franchise, even the upper right corner Fox Sports West bug had the color sucked out of it. As evidence, I present Exhibit A from last season’s Jim Fox Key Party. 

The glasses may be green, but the bug is purple.

Overall the entire Fox Sports West graphics package has been upgraded for the season… much like the Kings Top 6 scoring. Kinda. For in 3 games, the Kings have only scored 6 goals. But in all honesty, with the conversion of the Euro, they’ve really scored 8.2 goals. 

Guys, when you’ve scored 5 points in the first 3 games… then you can stand next to me.
Right, Clifford? Clifford? Clifford? Oh no, here we go again. Somebody get the wrist cuffs.“ 

Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I had a late night chat about the game. And we both agree… those white road uniforms looking fucking hot.

This is how I feel seeing those new road jerseys on TV.

Although, I will say… it felt like those Kings road jerseys were missing one thing last night.

Is it just me or is the “C” on Zach Parise’s chest comically over-sized?

Is it just me or does Anze Kopitar look like the walking dead?

And how do you tell when a NHL player has finally made it? By the type of headphones they wear.

Scuderi probably still uses a Disc Player.

Not the most expensive headphones but striving to get there.

Baller.

Gold plated Baller.

He can wear whatever the fuck headphones he wants.

I totally get why all the Kings players keep their headphones on non-stop. If I had to sit on a plane for 12 hours with Jarret Stoll, I’d probably have pencils stuck in my ears by the time I got to New Jersey. The Kings versus the Flyers on Saturday in Philadelphia. I have a feeling it will look something like this:

BREAKING NEWS:
This just in from Indiana Matt… apparently the MSG Network has no idea that the Kings no longer use purple… or the crown as their main logo.

 

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.