Monday, February 16, 2009
GAME DAY: Los Angeles Kings
Think of the L.A. Kings as Prince Hal. They're young and rambunctious (witness captain Dustin Brown's running into every Oiler on the ice in their last game, followed by his own demolition by Oilers captain Ethan Moreau) but underneath their green exterior they're carefully plotting NHL domination and an invasion of France.
Give them another season or two. You can't have a top six that includes Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov, Anze Kopitar, Patrick O'Sullivan, and Jarret Stoll and a defense that includes Jack Johnson, Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, and Kyle Quincey--not to mention Jonathan Quick in goal--and not go somewhere. All of these guys are very young, but they're also very talented, and they'll only get better. Assuming the Kings can keep this core group away from free agent signings elsewhere, they'll be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
I have no idea how the Thrashers will measure up. It'll certainly be interesting to see rookie offensive defenseman Drew Doughty and rookie offensive defenseman Zach Bogosian playing against one another. Your editor will make no predictions here.
Game starts at 7:30 West Coast time, which makes this a sexy funtime late-night game for us (10:30, in case you needed some help). Don't miss the "Under the Lights" feature on Ilya Kovalchuk beforehand at 10:00.
You might also enjoy this article by Mike Knobler, all about what the Thrashers do on long flights. Great article, but Knobler is clearly confused. According to our sources the Thrashers travelled by wagon to California, and the journey was full of river-crossings, buffalo hunts, and outbreaks of dysentery and cholera.