The Royal Half Gameday: Phoenix Coyotes
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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS VS JEFF CARTER POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:The LA Kings lost 3-2 to the... ugh... Calgary Flames... last Monday night at Staples Center. The Kings were plagued by penalties all night long... giving up 3 Power Play goals including the game winner which occurred when An... I'm sorry... do I have this right? They called THAT a penalty on Anze Kopitar?!?
"The Flames were awarded a power play when Dennis Wideman fell to the ice near the benches, drawing a hooking penalty on Anze Kopitar." -AP— Eric (@hailrover) October 22, 2013
Apparently, even the Associated Press recap thought it was a weak call.— Eric (@hailrover) October 22, 2013
Kopitar: "It doesn’t matter if it was a good or bad call. I shouldn’t have put my team in a position like that. It was a stupid penalty."— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) October 22, 2013
Aww, have you ever seen anything sadder than that quote from Kopitar?
Sad Kopitar is the Saddest.
Even though we all agree that it was very uncharacteristic for Anze Kopitar to take a late game penalty, there is a bigger issue facing Kopitar and a few other players on the LA Kings right now.
Carter and Nolan 'tis fine forwards, but sure 'tis no centers, English.
Thankfully, our pals over at our THXBUD have created an easy way to track whether or not a LA Kings center has scored a goal.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:To address the lack of scoring from both the center and left wing positions for the LA Kings... Wednesday after practice, Head Coach Darryl Sutter had some... interesting... suggestions.
Darryl Sutter hinted at Alec Martinez getting a look at LW. Won't necessarily happen. More to come at LAKI.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) October 23, 2013
aLWec martinez— The Royal Half (@theroyalhalf) October 23, 2013
Sutter on Alec Martinez at LW during practice. "He's looked good in games back checking when he should have been skating backwards."— jonathan davis (@westcoasthky) October 23, 2013
While Sutter's trolling us about Alec Martinez to LW, let's pause and remember that time last year when Jussi Jokinen cleared waivers— Jewels f/ the Crown (@JFTC_Kings) October 23, 2013
Congrats to Alec Martinez on becoming the best LW on the LA Kings roster.— PumpkinNicholl (@PumperNicholl) October 23, 2013
Let's be real here, LA Kings fans. We won't be seeing Alec Martinez on the Left Wing for this team anytime soon. If anything, this is happening:
Sutter could put Alec Martinez as first line center between Dwight King and Ben Scrivens, and I'd keep him around just for quotes like that.— Eric (@hailrover) October 23, 2013
LA TOURISM BOARD:The Phoenix Coyotes come into town having won their last 2 games as well as earned a point in each of the last seven. And frequent LA Kings agitator, Mike Ribeiro, is as hot as they come right now with points in 7 straight games.
Ugh, those jerseys. And those Phoenix ones are ugly too.
Stop me if you've heard this before... but the Phoenix Coyotes have new ownership! And they are committed to making Phoenix Coyotes hockey a mainstay in the Arizona Desert! (FYI, the Arizona Desert is where the Jobing.com arena is actually located, not anywhere near actual Phoenix) The want the team to succeed... even if it means bringing Canadian coffee to the Southwest! The new Coyotes' owners mean business and the only way to show you mean business in this day and age is to launch a new ad campaign!!!
Wait... really? Hungrier Than Ever? That's what you paid these guys several thousands of dollars to come up with? Well, I'm sure it must have involved some really intense brainstorming, right? RIGHT?!?
Worst. Episode of Mad Men. Ever.
Well, luckily The Royal Half was able to pull in some favors and get a look at the rejected ad campaigns for the 2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes.
Sometimes you just have to market to your core audience.
To be fair... the LA Kings are like Los Angeles' 4th most popular sports franchise.
Before the Clippers but after USC.
To be honest... these aren't even the funniest Phoenix Coyotes ad campaigns that I've seen so far this season.
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:
JEFF HALPERN, CENTER
In 26 games versus the LA Kings, Jeff Halpern has 4 GOALS & 6 ASSISTS
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Presented without comment....
Achy Breaky Fratt.
Willie Mitchell was living the dream with Ben Scrivens and Colin Fraser.
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