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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Kings Gameday: Now You Look Like An Irishman

Los Angeles Kings (1-2, T-3 in Pacific) vs. Dallas Stars (1-2, T-14 in Western Conference)

5:30 PST, FSN West & FSNSW

Patrick O’Sullivan took a puck to the face in Saturday’s game. The injury was so severe that he had to have surgery yesterday and will probably have to go in for more in the next few weeks. Still, the guy is a kind of a pussy. When he came back on the ice about 10 minutes after his injury, he was wearing a full face shield. I mean, you might as well just wear a skirt too. Don’t give me that whole “he was playing without being able to breathe out of his mouth” jive either; when Norstrom used to get hit in the face (which was a lot), he just wore a jaw guard. This isn’t basketball, where a star player can hurt his shoulder and get rolled off in a wheelchair while crying, this is hockey. (Dwyane Wade is a bitch, just so you know.) Man up, Patty!

Lousy Irish.

So far the Kings offense has basically been Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Mike Cammalleri, and shit. The best two guys not on that top line have been Kyle Calder and Patrick O'Sullivan, in my opinion. Frolov has been a disappointment to me. He's seemed a little tentative with the puck, like he was two years ago. The Kings another line to score in order to be effective this year, otherwise teams are just going to concentrate on Kopitar all the time. I think the King’s best option right now is to put Frolov with O’Sullivan and Calder, with Patty playing center. There are three best offensive players right now (besides the top line), so we might as well try to get some sort of secondary scoring. O’Sullivan has been playing great but has been playing on the 4th line a lot, which is inexcusable. Seriously, I have no idea what Marc Crawford is doing. He's like a mad genius without the genius.

The Kings take their unbalanced line-up to Dallas tonight. The Kings were terrible against the Stars last year, losing all 8 games. Let me repeat: the Kings lost all 8 games against the Dallas Stars last year. 5 of those games were basically one-goal affairs; the Kings lost 3-2, 4-3 (SO), 4-3 (OT), 5-3 (Empty Net), and 4-2 (EN). That seems a little strange to me.

I expect the Kings to finish higher than the Stars this year because I can’t see from where they are going to get their scoring. Niklas Hagman? Brendan Morrow? Jussi Jokinen is great in a shootout but not much else, and Mike Modano used to be great but is probably tired from nailing Willa Ford. Their defensive core is very good, with Sergei Zubov (who carried the torch as the league’s most underrated defenseman before Lubo took over) leading the charge while Phillipe Boucher and Matty Norstrom are well-known in Kingdom as solid d-men. And Turco is amazing; I wish he played in the East so he could be run out of town on a rail for being a choker and the Kings could trade Nagy, Preissing, and Scott Thornton for him. Still, they’re getting old and eventually have to crumble. I’ve been calling it for years now and have been wrong time and time again, but I honestly think this is finally the year where it happens. Turco can’t play 70 games every year, can he?

I was going to put up a picture of Mike Modano, but who wants that?

The Stars were better than the Kings last year, but I think they also got a little bit of luck. Hopefully the pendulum swings the other way this year. The Kings have extra motivation to finish higher than the Stars this year since they own the Star’s first round draft pick this year. So Brown, if you want to take a little run at Turco like you did a couple years ago, I’m completely fine with it.

Prediction: 4-3 Kings, with two by Frolov and one apiece by Cammy and Lubo.


Earl Sleek said...

Seriously, I have no idea what Marc Crawford is doing. He's like a mad genius without the genius.

Very nice, Rudy. I'd point out that I'm half-Irish, but honestly, I like laughing at the Irish as much as anybody. Especially on the football field.

RudyKelly said...

Yeah, I knew that, so I figured it would be okay as long as you didn't mind. Don't worry, I left th Koreans alone.

Earl Sleek said...

Hey, I think it would be a great line to say "he got beat until he looked like a Korean", but yeah, we should probably save that comedy gold for midseason.

Megalodon said...

On one channel, the Ducks are lifting their banner to the rafters. On the other channel, the Kings begin the 3rd and immediately go down 5-0 to the Stars.

I'm hoping the two Southern California teams annihilate each other in an explosion of hockey and anti-hockey, and then the Sharks are free to rule California, win the division, and then lose in the first round to Detroit! Hooray!

Matt said...

"Niklas Hagman?" bwahahaha

I feel your pain. Been there.

Patty (in Dallas) said...

I can’t see from where they are going to get their scoring. Niklas Hagman?

Hagman it is!

KMS2 said...

Well that was a turd of a game.

RudyKelly said...

Wow do I feel like a dick.

kingleb said...

19 shots in the third sounds good =) i didnt catch the game tho... glad i didn't. say ur prayers kings fans. MERCY MERCY!!! WILLIAM i feel like every game is the final scene of braveheart MERCY!!!!

Earl Sleek said...

because I can’t see from where they are going to get their scoring. Niklas Hagman?

Very nice combo. Prophetic and pathetic!

Maybe next year... :)

mcfed said...

Are they replaying last seasons games because I can't tell the difference between the two.

doctorgonzzzo said...

Corey Perry. Jamal Mayers. Niklas Hagman. If the streak holds true then Glen Metropolit will be the next marginal player to score two goals on us to help his team win.

Earl Sleek said...

So when does Lombardi call up Dan Cloutier?

Corey Perry.

Perry is a marginal player this year? If you're really trying to fit a pattern, I guess I'll allow it.

doctorgonzzzo said...

I'm slightly biased in that Corey Perry is my least favorite player in the history of the National Hockey League

KMS2 said...

So when does Lombardi call up Dan Cloutier?

not cool, Earl, not cool.