Time: 1 PST.
On the air: TV: Prime. Radio: 1150.
Where: Staples Center.
Records: Kings 27-28-9 (14-13-8); Wild 31-27-5 (13-16-0).
Record vs. Wild: 3-0.
Kings stat of the game: Kings 3-0 vs. the Wild this year, nuff' said.
Both teams just came off exciting wins after long losing streaks, and both teams are (were?) fighting for a playoff spot. The Kings look like somewhat if a longshot now, and I was surprised that they weren't "sellers" at that trading deadline and instead resigned Ersberg and O'Donnell (two of the players I thought were gone regardless of the Kings position).
I haven't gotten a change much to watch between midterms and job applications but the Heir to the Throne is now back and in full gear so I'm sorry for the mini-hiatus. I did get to watch the crazy game in Dallas a couple of days ago, and was pumped by the play of Zeus and Kopitar. Kopitar is finally living up to his monster year last year and is starting to look like the best player and leader of this team again. In the three meetings against Minnesota this year Kopitar has scored 2 goals, so look for him to score against one of the better defensive teams in the league as he has also scored a goal in three straight games.
I have to say that despite the rollercoaster play of the Kings this year, I am genuinely excited and optimistic about the team for the first time since I've had a drivers license (I'm 22, do the math). Even if the team played themselves out of a playoff spot with this recent slide, I'm looking at a 3-6 place finish next year.
Enjoy! Go Kings!