TRH GAMEDAY 49: BOSTON BRUINS – Time To Bear Down

What I am about to say is completely devoid of sarcasm, sensationalism or needless hyperbole.

Tonight in Boston might be the most important game for the Los Angeles Kings since the Stanley Cup-clinching Game 5 against the Rangers.

Bill and Ted Woah

Let that sink in for a minute. No, not what was probably the first use of the word “hyperbole” in the history of The Royal Half, but the alleged gravity of tonight’s game. So why is a inter-conference matchup on the last day of January so significant?

The Kings, for the first time in quite a while, enter into a game with a healthy dose of confidence. Not the intrinsic type of confidence that is self-derived to keep spirits high when things aren’t going your way. But the kind of gusto that puts the winds in your sails after accomplishing something significant.

Wednesday’s win over the Blackhawks was pretty damn significant for this hockey team. An emotional, come-from-behind victory against not just a rival, but a team that sits near the top of the league. It was a win that had the feeling of a playoff game, both with the fast and intense pace at which the game was played, and with the unbridled excitement LA fans felt after their team pulled off the late rally.

Just oozing unbridled excitement!

And still a fair amount of resentment for the last two months

After nearly two months of underachieving, tough-luck losses and inconstancies, the Kings have given themselves something to build on. They took a couple punches to the mouth from one of the NHL’s heavyweights, and got off of the mat and rope-a-doped their way to two points. It was a win that could easily serve as a catalyst to a much-needed winning streak to get Los Angeles back into the West’s top eight.

But this momentum is all for naught if the Kings lay an egg in Boston.

Win, and you have a team that has been rejuvenated from the All-Star Break, taking down two contenders while getting the kick-start needed to make some noise during a five-game road trip.

Lose, and the Kings are right back to where they were before the break. An erratic squad, with little for recent success away from home, that is spinning its wheels in the Western Conference playoff picture.

The far-reaching postive ramifications a win in Boston tonight would have are only equaled by the potential negative consequences of a loss. This is the precise definition of a swing game. A possible turning point for a team that has needed a shot in the arm.

This is the single most pivotal game of the season for the Los Angeles Kings. I hope that they don’t screw it up.

So much for not using sensationalism.

 

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Knick Rickle was a former junior and college goaltender and is a current aspiring journalist and mediocre adult league goaltender. While growing up in Minneapolis, he learned how to play by attending Robb Stauber's goalie school, which unbeknownst to him at the time was the first step in becoming a Kings fan. The rest of the steps came when became probably the first person ever to move to California from Minnesota to play hockey. He currently is unemployed, holds an English degree, while contributing to #TeamTRH, so you be the judge how his hockey career turned out. You can follow KnickRickle on Twitter @KnickRickle.