All This Time…

The Los Angeles Kings struggles were simple… the team missed Jack Johnson! Did you see that spin-o-rama tonight? He may not have scored, but this team has looked much stronger since Jack Johnson has returned to the lineup a few games ago.

Well, what does a 5-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks tell us? Blackhawk blogs will tell you it was just because the team was tired. Sure, they played the Ducks the night before but as Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy said tonight, the Blackhawks did their job… a win in Anaheim and a loss in LA. Who cares what they do in San Jose? (Well, it would be nice if they lose.)

But this win tells us that the Kings still have some life left in them. They have gained 7 out of a possible 8 points in the last 4 games. They took advantage of a sluggish Blackhawks team tonight… and that’s what good teams do.

And now, the first of 3 big road trips looms ahead. Montreal on Saturday, then Ottawa, Washington, New Jersey and then the Islanders. That’s right, the first of 3 road trips… the Kings also have a 5 game and a 6 game roadtrip coming up before the end of the season. This should get interesting.

The highlight of the night for me…. the Kings first power play that featured #23 Dustin Brown, #24 Alexander Frolov, #26 Michal Handzus, #27 Kyle Quincey and #28 Jarret Stoll. Nearly perfect symmetry… where is Matt Moulson when you need him???

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.