February 16th, 2006, 03:17 PM #1
Kings Insider Show on FSN
by Michael Zampelli
As a Kings fan, I've always wondered exactly how the team prepares for a big game. Are they really concentrated on match-ups against the other team's lines or targetting certain opposing players because they have a short fuse and will take penalties? Does the coach scream "Shoot the puck!" or "Frolov, go to the net!" during the power play just like we do? How does the coach talk to players on a one-on-one basis? Well, a new show that is coming to Fox Sports West has this and a lot more.
The premier installment of "Kings Insider" (Friday, Feb 17th at 10 PM on FSN) gives viewers a behind the scenes look at the Los Angeles Kings and the preparation that take place in the locker on the day of the big game, and even the action on the bench during the heat of the battle. The show follows a day in the life of Kings' head coach Andy Murray, from breakfast in his extended stay hotel at 6 AM, to the morning skate at Toyota Training Center and ultimately to the Staples Center on November 17th to face the Vancouver Canucks. The program gives fans an informative look at the process of picking the right players and defining match-ups on the chalkboard and getting the boys ready for the game against what Murray calls "the best team we've played this year".
From Toyota Training Center, You get a good look at how the coach interacts one-on-one when he has a talk with Mike Weaver about his ability to give tough 60-minute effort and a chat with Roenick on his role on the penalty kill. You see him checking in with his coaches on their thoughts on the upcoming match up, even saying that he throws a bad idea out occasionally get a reaction.
Of course, most fans on LetsGoKings.com think they have all of the answers on how the team should play, and Murray even looks at those, saying, "Often [the fans on the web] are quite critical of the coach, which is normal in this business if you lose a game. There's a lot of very perceptive people and some of them have great ideas."
As the scene shifts to Staples Center, Murray does TV interviews with Canadian TV before more individual meetings with players, coaches and a talk with the team. Sure, we know this happens every game but this is a chance to see what is said and how it is said.
As the game progresses and the Kings grab a 5-1 lead only to watch it melt away in the final period, you get a look at how he barks at the guys on the bench, giving recommendations on offensive positioning, cautions on defensive coverage and doing a little cheerleading on the side. After the Kings nearly blow the four-goal lead, but hang on in the final seconds for the victory, his message in the after game address to the players is interesting also.
For Kings fans starved for more information on their team, "Kings Insider" is just the ticket for seeing how things work behind the scenes on the LA Kings!
(Check local listings for times)
February 16th, 2006, 03:22 PM #2
When did this air? How come no one else has known about this and given the rest of us a heads up?
February 16th, 2006, 03:31 PM #3
I keep hearing a lot about this but haven't heard about when it will be on.
February 16th, 2006, 04:28 PM #4
Friday at 10pm on FSN, I believe.
February 16th, 2006, 05:42 PM #5
You mean November 17th, right?
Originally Posted by rinkrat
February 16th, 2006, 09:22 PM #6
Wish Center Ice would show stuff like this, sucks not living in CA
February 16th, 2006, 11:21 PM #7
It's not showing up on the DVR scedual.
February 17th, 2006, 06:25 AM #8
I've seen this advertised all week but still can't find it anywhere. I even did a search by program name and can't find it. I taped the 10pm slot just in case the programing wasn't updated.
Originally Posted by Deeker
February 17th, 2006, 08:36 AM #9
Good idea. It's showing up as the SCSR for me, on both FSW and FSW2.
Originally Posted by johnmac44
February 20th, 2006, 10:18 AM #10
3rd Line Role Player
Does anybody know if it will be re-aired?