The Rise of Frostoller

How great did the line of Alexander Frolov, Jarrett Stoll and Oscar Moller look tonight? The mixture of these players… the puck protection of Frolov, the grittiness and face-offiness of Stoll and the offensive potential of Moller… this might end up being a stronger line over the full season than Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and whatever slug ends up on the other wing. (How nice was it when Patrick O’Sullivan played that one shift tonight as their winger?)

There is no coincidence that the play of this line picked up the moment their official nickname was born. I mean tonight… Frolov and Stoll both scored… on the same goal! Stoll using his backhand at the same time Frolov shot on his forehand. The goal was credited to Frolov, then to Stoll and all the while Oscar just stood there flashing his toothless grin.

Frostoller. The choice of a generation.

Kings 3, The team falling apart at the seams that plays in Dallas, TX, 2

Ladies and Gentlemen… there are 60 minutes in a regulation hockey game. Tonight, versus the Dallas Stars, 18 year old rookie Drew Doughty played 27 minutes and 5 seconds. By my calculations, that is nearly half the game. We, as fans, are getting the rarest of opportunities to witness something special here. He just keeps getting better and better each game. And with injured defenseman Jack Johnson making a special appearance in the broadcast booth during the 2nd period, it reminded me “oh yeah, Jack Johnson isn’t playing.” Jack Johnson isn’t playing and the team is playing this well. I guess it begs the question… will Jack Johnson’s return coincide with a serious run at the playoffs for this team?

After JJ’s performance in the booth, I think Jim Fox’s job is safe.
That’s saying a lot.

I don’t want to start talking playoffs yet. For one reason, it’s not even a 1/4 of the way through the season. And I’ve been down this path before with the Kings… a stellar few games backed by a great performance by a goaltender. There is a long season left. But try telling that to Captain Sorrow of the Dallas Stars:

Hey Fox Sports Dallas… when your Captain is about to cry…
you might want to hold off on the graphics and sound effects.

If this guy is getting ready to throw in the towel for the season… then Kings fans can get excited about the possibility of the playoffs. Well, if the Stars season is lost… at least they have the Fan Zam!

Now this is what I call a party bus.

Things I Learned From Watching the Dallas Stars:

The Dallas arena looked emptier than Staples Center has.

The goaltender interference penalty that Sean Avery took in the first is the exact reason why you hate to have him on your team. A stupid penalty that leads to a Power Play goal.

Dave Tippett will be fired as coach in the next few weeks. His replacement…Brett Hull?

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.