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LooKING Back:This past Sunday afternoon in Sunrise, Florida... it was
Despite there being more players on the LA Kings bench than in the crowd, the LA Kings put forth perhaps their best full-game effort of the season, beating the Florida Panthers 3-0. And probably because the LA Kings played so well... Darryl Sutter changed up the lines for tonight's game in Tampa Bay. But more importantly, there was a play that occurred in the Panthers game... a play that could alter the remainder of the LA Kings season in an enormous way.
BEN SCRIVENS' NICKNAME IS "THE PROFESSOR!"
Sure, Igor Larionov might have been coined "The Professor" first... but he's long retired and now it's Ben Scrivens' turn in the academic-nickname spotlight. And it's already a hit with the players on the LA Kings!
So what happens when a LA Kings player receives a brand-new nickname? We here at #TeamTRH photoshop the heck out of it, that's what!!! So with every great hockey player nickname... comes a great hockey player poster. Right, Luc Robitaille?
I might have just lost my job with the LA Kings by finding this poster.
First up, is Indiana Matt... with his modern take on the classic Sports Poster.
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WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:Either way... we know one thing now...
The best part of the day is when Ben Scrivens has to explain to Drew Doughty who William Shakespeare is.— The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) October 13, 2013
Ben Scrivens is an elite goaltender... in every sense of the word.
LA TOURISM BOARD:The Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. And when their General Manager isn't busy advocating the elimination of fighting in the NHL... their 23 year-old Superstar is busy cheating with help from the NHL!!!
If the Los Angeles Kings had beaten the San Jose Sharks instead of losing to them on April 3rd, 2008... then the current LA Kings team you know and love might look a little bit different. Instead of this...
... the LA Kings could have looked like this:
Honestly... based on these photos. I'm not sure who I'd want.
That's right... with a simple loss to the San Jose Sharks (I know that's a hard thing for recent LA Kings fans to imagine) the LA Kings could have secured the 1st Overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and truly be put in the position of choosing Drew Doughty or Steven Stamkos. Jay Feaster's Tampa Bay Lightning finished tied with the LA Kings in points (with 71!) but thankfully finished with one less regulation win, thus making the choice of Stamkos vs Doughty an easy one for Kings GM, Dean Lombardi. Lombardi selected the longtime fan of the Kings, Drew Doughty, with the 2nd Overall pick... and the rest is history. We may never know how different the LA Kings would have been with Steven Stamkos instead of Drew Doughty... but one thing is for sure....
At least the Kings didn't take Zach Bogosian.
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:
TEDDY PURCELL, RIGHT WINGER
In 2 games versus the LA Kings in his career, Teddy Purcell has 1 ASSIST
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
With Sunday night off after their 3-0 victory, some of the LA Kings relaxed watching baseball...
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