The Royal Half Gameday: St. Louis Blues
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OILERS + FLAMES VS THE KINGS POINTS UPDATE:
LooKING Back:The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks last Monday night 1-0 in a game in which the Canucks played awful. No, really... they did some of the most awful things ever.
That game was neither "moral" nor a "victory" for the Vancouver Canucks.
WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE PAST GAME:I've been a LA Kings fan for 25+ years and I'm trying to think of a player that has come to Los Angeles and been so quickly loved and embraced by LA Kings fans more than Ben Scrivens. From the time he arrived in Los Angeles, Ben and his wife Jen clicked immediately with Kings fans and a new fan favorite was crowned.
Seriously, what professional athlete dresses as Inspector Gadget for Halloween?Maybe it's because Ben used words like "meritocracy" to describe the play of his new team... or placed the verse and prose of Shakespeare on his goalie mask... or that upon arrival, Jen helped coach the Lady Kings hockey team.
Technically, when Jon Quick went down, Jen Scrivens was 3rd on the Kings depth chart.
Whatever the reason... LA loved Scrivens. And while it is sad to see them go, we as Kings fans should be excited for Ben to get the opportunity to start and become a #1 goaltender... even if it's in Edmonton. There have been a lot of great Ben Scrivens moments... but let us all never forget Ben's reaction when he saw the Anaheim Ducks Coors Light Stadium Series™ jerseys.
The word "classy" is thrown around too much these days (especially in the sport of hockey) and the more it's used... the more it loses its meaning. Classy, by definition, means having qualities that make someone or something special or showing impressive character. Ben and Jen Scrivens are and will continue to be the classiest of hockey couples. They are yours now, Edmonton. Treat them well.
LA TOURISM BOARD:The last time the Los Angeles Kings played in St. Louis, it was a complete disaster. No, I'm not talking about the Kings 5-0 loss to the Blues... I'm talking about that this was given to all fans in attendance.
That's right, the last time the LA Kings were in town, the St. Louis Blues gave out a poster that commemorated the winning goal in Game 1 of a 1st Round Playoff Series that the Blues went on to lose 4-2.
A Steen poster is great. A poster that depicts a moment in a series where the Blues lost 4 straight is embarrassing. #stlblues— Kevin Hebert (@Kevin_Hebert) January 2, 2014
Since the LA Kings are back in St. Louis, I used some of my NHL connections to get a sneak peek at a few of the Blues Poster Giveaways they have planned for the game tonight. For instance, who could forget March 17, 2011... the last time the St. Louis Blues won a game in Los Angeles!
Or April 29th, 1998... the last time the St. Louis Blues won a Playoff Round against the LA Kings!!!
Or how about the completely dominant 1999-2000 St. Louis Blues team that won the Presidents Trophy and then went on to lose in the 1st Round to the San Jose Sharks!
And finally... the most collectable of all of the St. Louis Blues posters that celebrate incredible moments in their franchises history... the poster that honors the St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup victory!!!
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY KINGS WEEKLY PREVIEW OF THE DAY
Cute how the Vancouver Canucks bring their equipment to pretend like they'll show up for games.
But wait... what's that?
Kings Weekly is giving away 2 tickets to the Coors Light Stadium Series™ game!!!
THE ROYAL HALF GAMEDAY PREVIEW TWEET OF THE DAY
Sure, the Kings are playing the Blues tonight... but this Tweet really sums it all up...
it is kind of moving and beautiful how all three California hockey fanbases have come together to laugh at the Canucks. #unity— John Carroll (@toshanshuinLA) January 16, 2014
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 and Ben Scrivens. 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