The Devil Ain’t No Friend of Mine

There was nothing positive about this game. The New Jersey Devils came into Los Angeles and taught the young Kings a thing or two about how a defensive team is able to score. The one consistency about the Kings this year is that they throw 35 or so shots at a top level team and aren’t able to capitalize. Devils goalie Kevin Weekes was definitely channeling 2003 last night as he looked incredible in goal. And the Kings gave the Devils fans a reason to be happy after a couple loses in a row. The Kings should be disappointed about this one. If they are truly going to have a chance at making the playoffs… they are going to need to string together a couple victories in a row. They can’t just win one and lose one. Win one and lose one. Win one… and lose one.

Actually, there was something exciting about last nights game… it was “Robeks Juice Presents Significant Other” night at Staples Center!

Kings 1, Devils 5

Robek’s Angels.

Taking advantage of the $11.50 ticket sale, Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I brought along our individual domestic partners, as well as a good friend and his domestic partner. The friend is a life long New Jersey Devils fan (as well as a dedicated Charlotte Checkers fan). And he was not without company… there were plenty of other Jersey douchebags fan in attendance. Including marginal Hollywood director, Kevin Smith!

Not Kevin Smith, but a douchebag.

If there was one thing I learned from seeing all the Devils fans at the game is that there is only a limited number of jersey-worthy players in their past:

Kudos to the Zack Parise fan.

But that is not to say that Devils fans are all front-runners. In fact, here is a woman that LOVES unheralded, defensive forwards:

I’ve got Selke Trophy fever!

And of course, someone is always rocking it old school. And I’m jealous.

Rockin’ it Red Army style.

Our plan was simple. Since the Staples Center had been a relative ghost town this season (especially our section) we would be able to have everyone sit with us in and around our seats. Well, I don’t think we counted on the $11.50 ticket sale being such a success, because once again, the Staples Center was packed. And we spent the game rotating between the Half Season seats in 217 and the cheap tickets in 303.

I’m not in the 200’s anymore.

I spent the 3rd period up high with my girlfriend. With about 8 minutes left in the game she said “the Kings should just start fights. It’s not like they have any chance of winning… at all!” She really is learning the game at an incredible pace.

I hadn’t sat up in the 300’s for a Kings game since 2000, when the Half Season Ticket Holder Buddy and I received a Kings 3 game pack as a gift from a co-worker. It was actually a great view. You really do get a sense of the game unfolding left to right and even though you are so high up, you feel like you are right on top of the players. Fun for a period, but I have no intention of leaving my Half Season seats anytime soon.

All in all, it was a great night. Except for the horrible and uninspiring play of the Los Angeles Kings. Jon Quick did the best he could on most of those goals, but the team in front of him just plain didn’t show up. Tomorrow the Kings play an awful Tampa Bay Lightning team… who just happend to beat the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.

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.