The Royal Half Gameday: Nashville Predators

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 2:17 PM / Preview
By The Royal Half
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BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:

BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:

Conference III

On The Forecheck

Preds on the Glass

Section 303

Fang Faction

Smashville 24/7

BEST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:

@jrlind

@forechecker

@samtpage

@DiamondHockey

@PredsOnTheGlass

@Cellblock303

@Fang Faction

@Smashville247

WORST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:

@PredatorialJN

@PaulsStick

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS VS JEFF CARTER POINTS UPDATE:

BEST GRAPHIC CREATED BY DARKKINSHIP THAT SHOULD BE ON THE JUMBOTRON: 

#Perds

 

LooKING Back:

Last Wednesday, the LA Kings beat the Pacific Division leading San Jose Sharks 4-3 in OT. And there was nothing that could happen after the game to dampen the spirits of the Kings players and fans, right?

Right!

Not so fast...

     

That's right, Frank Gehry's best friend, Jeff Carter, is headed to the IR with the dreaded "lower body injury." But even with this incredible loss... comes a silver lining. Tyler Toffoli is back!

And he's brought Linden Vey with him!

Carter and Richards: The Next Generation

Who knows what the future holds for these two rookies in this current LA Kings lineup... but we know one thing is for sure... the minute Linden Vey does something good or something bad... we are Tweeting:

#OhVey™

 

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:

 

LA TOURISM BOARD:

Since Pekka Rinne went down with a hip infection, the Nashville Predators are 1-2, giving up 12 goals in those 3 games. In place of Rinne, the Predators have used some combination of Carter Hutton and Magnus Hellberg, who look like this respectively:

Man, that's the best Indiana Matt photshoWHAT THAT PHOTO IS REAL!?!?

So instead of focusing on the total sieves that are in net for the Nashville Predators tonight, let's talk about the one thing on the Predators that people are actually excited to watch this season.

Seth Jones Mania™ is out of control. He's being heralded as the next great NHL defenseman. He's been playing on the Predators top pairing with Shea Weber... and by "been playing", I mean that they skated a 3 and a half minute shift together last game. But, most importantly... this is an Olympic year. And Seth Jones is a red-blooded American.

Hmm... I'm trying to remember what happened the last time a young defenseman made an Olympic team?

Let us never speak of this moment ever again.

You can see the entire DoughtyRed™ Collection here.

But the real reason all of us, especially LA Kings fans, should be cheering for Seth Jones to make the US Olympic Team is so that Jones can learn from one of the most clutch winners of all-time.

Nope.

No way.

Oh god no.

Nailed it.

   

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:

 

RICH CLUNE, LEFT WINGER

In 3 games versus the LA Kings in his career, Rich Clune has 0 POINTS & 7 PIMs

     

THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY

Lost in all the news today was that Kings defenseman, Keaton Ellerby, was waived.

Jared Aulin was traded by the Kings for Anson Carter...

so he knows ALL about being let go for nothing.

We'll miss ya, Lord Keaton.

     

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