(updated below, thirce'd!)
Hahaha, that song is suddenly topical again.
Anyway, the Thrashers begin their Californian Death March with a game against the Kings tonight. Should be fun. My bold prediction? Bryan Little will get on the board. As for wins and losses, I've no idea.
As someone once said, "Go the Thrashers! Play the hockey now!"
Oh wait, you actually wanted a GAME DAY PREVIEW, full of stats about the other team and sentences like "It might be wise to watch out for Anze Kopitar" and "Drew Doughty has a few Norris Trophies in his future" and "Jonathan Quick is in net?"
How about this: the Kings are having their annual Armenian Night tonight, which always coincides with known Armenian Zach Bogosian coming to town. This means that all humans of Armenian descent in the Los Angeles area will descend on the Staples Center (after riding the roller-coaster on Santa Monica Pier) and watch Bogosian play the hockey against their local team.
It's always exciting when Zach is producing, and tonight should be as good a night as any for him to Do Stuff.
Another thing: tonight is the Kings' home opener, so...yeah. There's that.
And finally: thank goodness the Braves' stumbling, gutsy post-season run is over, because now we can concentrate on nothing but Thrashers hockey. Successful and important sports franchises just get in the way sometimes, you know?*
*But seriously now folks: SO LONG, BOBBY COX. It's been a brilliant career.
UPDATE: Wait wait wait, so this game isn't on Atlanta teevee tonight? This makes your editor sad, as he enjoys these late-night West Coast games. Game Center it is, I suppose...
UPDATE II: I advise all of you, especially if you're Evander Kane or Brent Sopel, to take a look at Chronicle operative Smoothie/Mr. Speaker/ J Barty Party's post today about Zach Bogosian, his eyebrows, and the Kardashian sisters.
UPDATE III: Slash will be performing the national anthem tonight at the Staples Center. Insane. Can we get Big Boi to give a dopalicious star-spangled performance at Philips one day?