The Royal Half Preview: Kings vs Rangers

Monday, 10.07.2013 / 12:49 PM
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Well, we all know that the real season for your favorite NHL team starts with their first home game, so totally ignore the fact that The Royal Half didn't do any GAMEDAY PREVIEWS for LAKings.com for the first two Los Angeles Kings games of the 2013-14 Season... because we are here today for the home opener!!! Now for those of you that aren't familiar with The Royal Half... we are a little bit different than the other blogs out there. We blend beautiful and passionate fandom with critical yet visionary thinking to make the most perfect LA Kings Hockey Blog ever. I just wish there was some way to visually represent what this would look like.

 

LooKING Back:

 

The LA Kings started the 2013-14 Season off in two of the worst cities in Northern America Minnesota and Winnipeg. I'm just glad to see that LA Kings fans are reacting totally normal to a 1-1 start on the road from a team that has made the Western Conference Finals the last two seasons in a row.

     

Well, at least with Jon Quick getting pulled during the 3rd Period of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, LA Kings fans everywhere got a glimpse of their brand new backup goaltender.


Close.


Well, hello there.

That's right, Ben Scrivens had 5 saves on 5 shots after taking over LA Kings goaltending duties. Also, Scrivens now leads the NHL in appearances by a goaltender with a Shakespeare quote on his mask.

For uniformed LA Kings fans... this is the quote that graces doth cover of Ben Scrivens' face over yonder.

In addition to being a fan of the classics, Ben Scrivens also spends his time retweeting Neil Degrasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist and science communicator.


JEEZ... SPOILER ALERT, BEN!!!!

 

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST TWO GAMES:

Ben Scrivens and his teammates have very different tastes in movies. Oh... and Jeff Carter is on pace for 82 goals in 82 games.

 

LA TOURISM BOARD:

The New York Rangers head into their seconWAIT,WHAT... THEY'VE ONLY PLAYED ONE GAME SO FAR?!? Well, I'm sure now that John Tortorella is no longer coaching the Rangers, their offense has exploded, right? RIGHT?


That woman over Alain Vigneault's shoulder looks just as interested as his players did losing 4-1 to the Coyotes.

The NY Rangers are in the midst of a 9 game road trip to open their season. They won't play at home until October 28th so that Madison Square Garden can add the scariest feature ever at a hockey arena.


A photo of how idiotically scary it will be to watch a Rangers game in November at MSG.

The Rangers come into Staples Center after struggling on Opening Night as well as pre-season. But Monday night should present the return of Rangers Captain, Ryan Callahan. If LA Kings fans are not familiar with Callahan... they better start. Because he represents the single biggest competition in Trevor Lewis' quest to make the 2014 US Olympic Team.


Please... like Callahan even has a chance.

Seriously though, did they take the Team USA photos with a Blackberry or something?

   

As created by Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men Podcast... The Moulson Index™ highlights an opposing player from tonights game who has the opportunity to score against his former employer, the LA Kings.

Tonight's Moulson Index Spotlight is:

BRIAN BOYLE, CENTER

In 4 games versus the LA Kings, Brian Boyle has 1 GOAL, 0 ASSISTS

   

THE ROYAL HALF VINTAGE VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE DAY

Via Spike Coffman, from February 27th, 1989:

   

THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY

Only Willie Mitchell is bad-ass enough to say "#GoPirates" at a LA Dodgers-Atlanta Braves game.


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 and Jonathan Quick. If you like the hockey equivalent of dirty jokes or enjoy humorous screen-grabs of NHL players and broadcasters with funny captions... man, you are going to like The Royal Half. You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter at @TheRoyalHalf

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