A Game of Chicken

I’m excited by the Kings’ play the last few games, especially since Erik Ersberg has taken over in goal. They look focused, playing strong defensively and the offense is awaking slowly. But in spite of all the positives that came out of the game last night versus the St. Louis Blues… this is the thing that made me most excited:

Kings, 5, Form of Music based on the Blue Notes, 3

The night didn’t start off well. My Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I made the pre-game trek to get chicken sandwiches from the Corner Grill near sections 100/101. We’ve come to enjoy the sandwiches over the past few games and it gives us the illusion that we are eating on the healthier side. We placed our order and waited… and waited… and waited till the middle of the 1st period before the sandwiches came out. It was obvious that something had gone horribly wrong as there were several people waiting just as long for their orders. And we all missed Anze Kopitar’s beautiful goal.

Guys! I’m so sorry! I tried to wait… but those sandwiches took forever!

Kopitar and Dustin Brown looked great and they really have seemed to answer Coach Murray’s call to pick up their play. As opposed to many people over at Let’s Go Kings, I think the line of Patrick O’Sullivan, Brian Boyle and Peter Harrold is playing well together. I’ve always liked Harrold since he first showed up a few years ago, not so much for his play as a defenseman but for his offensive potential. He’s always shown good offensive instincts as a defenseman. But the move to forward, may be the right one. I’d would much rather see what he can do up front than bring Derek Armstrong or Brad Richardson back into the lineup. Although after the beatings he received last night, Harrold may want to go back to defense.

18 Year Drew Doughty gets better and better each game. And now.. he has suitors!

Erik Ersberg looked strong again. And the fans let him know. He keeps the rebounds to a minimum and the team plays hard in front of him. The goals he gave up were all quality scoring chances. I can’t imagine Jason LaBarbera getting the start on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.

Oh well, at least I’ll have my smelling salts to keep me company on the bench.

Oh yes, the Dallas Stars. Coming to the Staples Center on Tuesday. Fresh off this excellent move in last nights game:

Apparently, some one has been taking clearing lessons from Denis Gauthier.

Victories against Florida and St. Louis are great but these are teams the Kings should beat. Let’s see how they do on Tuesday against a team that they need to beat.
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.