The Royal Half Gameday: Detroit Red Wings
BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS THAT
DIDN'T PLAY IN THE WINTER CLASSIC ALUMNI GAME:
BEST OPPOSITION BLOGS:
BEST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
WORST OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:
OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:The LA Kings looked dominant in their 4-2 victory over the 2nd best team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins. But after the game, everyone was talking about the harsh statements from LA Kings Head Coach, Darryl Sutter.
On whether he’ll wear the boots presented to him in the pre-game ceremony behind the bench: Aw, hell. I thought I was going to get a tractor.
Never change, Head Coach Darryl Sutter... never, ever change.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:Apparently, in the NHL, swinging your stick at another players' neck is no longer a penalty.
"The Bruins find themselves on the wrong side of a call again." - Andy Brickley 1/9/14
@MarkMaddenX Did you see the slash Marchand had on Stoll last night? And he wonders why people knee him in the head.— Nick Cacia (@NickyBluPants) January 10, 2014
LA TOURISM BOARD:The Detroit Red Wings come into town 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.They have battled injuries this entire season but none of those injuries have been as bad as the ones hockey fans suffered while watching the Detroit Red Wings on HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic this past month.
FYI, this was the most exciting scene involving the Red Wings.
The Detroit Red Wings appearance in HBO's 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic was universally panned by critics across the hockey blogosphere. It was called boring and bland... but they just might be referring to the type of hockey the Red Wings have played this season. Since the Red Wings HBO debut was such a bomb, I decided to find 5 other HBO shows that were more exciting to watch than the Red Wings on 24/7. LUCK
One of the most surprising things I learned from 24/7 is Bertuzzi apparently moonlights in a Social D cover bad pic.twitter.com/BKraotfMlZ— Jeanshorts (@JSBMrevolution) December 15, 2013
A disaster from the start, HBO's Luck was eventually cancelled before it's Season Finale even aired. Besides poor ratings, the real reason Luck was cancelled was because several horses died during the filming of the series. But seriously, if I wanted to watch a bunch of old horses on their deathbed...
... I'd just watch the 2013-14 Detroit Red Wings.
JOHN FROM CINCINNATI
John from Cincinnati was the much-heralded, heir-apparent to the HBO juggernaut that was The Sopranos. And it never quite lived up to its predecessor.
Jimmy Howard is the much-heralded, heir-apparent to the Red Wings goaltending throne. And he hasn't quite lived up to his predecessor.
HBO knew they had a lot of talent in Louis C.K. when they decided to give him his first sitcom... but after a disappointing season, HBO cancelled the show and Louis C.K. moved on to bigger and much better things. To replace Lucky Louie, HBO brought in a new show...
...that was even more of a bomb than Lucky Louie.
Detroit knew they had a lot of talent in Valtteri Filppula... but after a disappointing season, Ken Holland decided to not give Filppula a 5 year, 25 million dollar contract and Filppula moved on to bigger and much better things. To replace Valtteri Filppula, the Red Wings brought in a new center...
SEX AND THE CITY
If I wanted to watch a bunch of clueless hotties talk non-stop about the man of their dreams...
...then I just would have watched the Red Wings on 24/7.
Ok, so I think I found the only thing on HBO that is more painful to watch than the Detroit Red Wings on 24/7...
...Kayne West's un-aired HBO pilot!
Just kidding... the Red Wings are MUCH more painful to watch.
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:
BRAD RICHARDSON, DEFENSE
In 13 games versus the LA Kings in his career, Brad Richardson has 1 GOAL AND 5 ASSISTS.
Ed Norton is scoreless against the LA Kings.
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
What do you get for the guy that just got selected to the Olympic team that has everything?
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, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens, and Martin Jones. 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