Stuck In The Middle

I don’t know what professional hockey league the Washington Capitals have been playing in for the last few years… but you don’t win NHL games by allowing the opposing teams to skate right up the middle and get shots on your goalie. And for the first two periods of this game, that’s exactly what the Los Angeles Kings did. In fact, after the 2nd period the Kings had 30 shots… and 27 scoring chances! Is that even possible mathematically? Holy shit… what a great game that was last night!

Kings 5, The 4th Best team in the NHL 4

Give me back that thing!

Let’s give you a little sense of what the Kings did last night. According to the Caps Insider, the loss was just the fifth loss and only the fourth time this season the Caps have failed to record a point at Verizon Center. I’d say that’s pretty impressive for a young team on a big road trip.

Alexander Frolov was great tonight. He played the exact kind of game us fans have been hoping he’d play for the last few years. Quick and dominant. Maybe he just gets motivated playing against other Russians.

Jon Quick might just be the real deal. Although this game was all over the place, he was steady in net and maybe it was just because I was listening to the game on wireless headphones, but when ever he would make a save, you would hear a loud boom. That means he is in the perfect position when making a save, the puck is hitting his pads exactly. With the trading deadline coming up, is it even conceivable that the Kings could trade one of their young goaltenders for a top 6 player?

The Kings are now 4 points out of a playoff spot. And each night, it seems that only those 8 teams fighting for the 8th spot are playing each other. The Kings face an even tougher team on Saturday, the New Jersey Devils, a team that schooled the Kings at home a few weeks ago. Over at Japers Rink, they said that the Capitals don’t show up against “non-playoff” teams. I hope the Devils underestimate the Kings the same way.

Oh… and my new favorite site…. NHLOL.

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.