Happy Late Thanksgiving!!! It is time to think positive in my own Kings style sort of way. I am a very positive guy and really do look at things in that kind of way, even when things are looking on the downside of a situation I find it beneficial to not be negative; for instance I look at the current streak of OT and SO as gaining a point in each of those games. Here are other things that I “spin” into a positive when watching the Kings, either in my home or at the Staples Center:
1. When a player takes a penalty it is best to hope that it was more of a two minute break for that player.
2. When the Kings new intro song comes on at the Staples Center I do not just sit there, I take it as my signal to go use the restroom before the game starts.
3. Do not look at Quick’s injury as a bad thing, look at it from the perspective that we all now know that Frattin was not the key piece coming our way in the trade involving Bernier and that Dean really does know what he is doing.
4. Going to a Kings game for some is quite expensive, I look at it as learning to appreciate the value of a dollar; that and eating before entering the building.
5. Coach Sutter may look like a cartoon character to some, but to me he looks like a champion. A champion with cartoon quality characteristics, but a champion none the less.
6. For some people the atmosphere of the Staples Center seemingly has more distractions going on than hockey. Bailey, Ice Crew, music, contests, and t-shirt tosses are just some that people complain about. I do not look at them as distractions, ok, I’m pretty freaking distracted by several of the Ice Girls; at least not when my wife is not looking. Oh crap, she reads this!!!
7. A Kings loss is not a loss; I look it as a way for the team to learn and go out and start a winning streak.
11/30/2013: Calgary Flames @ Los Angeles Kings
On 12/20/1993; left wing Warren Rychel scored with one second left in overtime in Calgary to give the Kings a 5-4 victory. Goaltender Kelly Hrudey was outstanding for the Kings, who were outshot 53-30, including 17-3 in the third period.
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On 11/19/1984; Marcel Dionne recorded his 24th and final hat trick as a King in a 5-4 win over Calgary. The Kings trailed 3-1 before rallying. Dionne, who had the Kings' lone goal in the opening 20 minutes, scored twice in the second period to tie the game 3-3. Jim Fox scored what proved to be the game-winner for Los Angeles at 11:12 of the period on a 35-foot shot from the right side.
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On 2/3/1998; center Jozef Stumpel records his first hat trick as a King and assisted on the game-winning goal in a 6-3 win at Calgary. With the game tied at three in the third and the Kings on the power play, Stumpel fed Rob Blake for a 4-3 lead. Russ Courtnall and Glen Murray also scored for the Kings.
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Sometimes you just have to mix things up or your routine becomes just that, routine. This issue of Facts on the Fly is all about the Kings. Of course since this will be anything but routine, some of these will be all about those weird made up sounding facts editions that take way too much time to look up for one or two lines of trivia but are fun as hell trying to come up with.
The Kings are playing Calgary on Saturday, how have they done against that team on a Saturday @ the Staples Center over the past ten years (2003-2004 Season)? The Kings have two wins; four losses and one shootout win against the Flames in that time span.
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Sick of OT and shootouts? Want a regulation win? These stretches of OT, SO and tie games probably had fans in these seasons thinking the Kings would seemingly never win in regulation. In 1982 from 1/15 to 1/27 the Kings played in six straight games that ended in a tie. During the 2003/04 Season from 12/18 to 1/16, the Kings played in eleven OT games. Finally, at the end of the 2009/10 Season the Kings finished the year with four straight SO; then went on to win the last game of the season in OT, and eventually played the next two games of the playoffs into an extra period.
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The Kings played their very first season in 1967/68 as many of you know. That particular season the Kings had all but one player who could claim the country of Canada as their birthplace. That one Kings player not from Canada was defenseman Poul Popiel and he was from none other than that hockey hotbed of Denmark.
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The game against the Flames on Saturday will mark the fourth time this season that the Kings have played a game at 7pm PST and in the three that have been played already there are a few players who seem to like that start time. Richards and Toffoli each have four points in those games while King has three points.
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The Kings have had many players on the team with many different last names who were born in the USA. But odds are that if you have a name that begins with an I, U, Y; your chances are slim. The Kings have never had a U.S. born player whose last name started with one of those letters. The one letter that has never graced a Kings jersey as the first letter of a last name; X.
Since it is the holiday season I thought it would be interesting to see how well the Kings do in games played on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Years; (sorry I did not do Hanukkah, if anyone wants I will check those dates as well). The Kings have a combined record on those days of 16 wins 24 losses and 5 ties. Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving I looked at the last time we played on that date; and it was on 11/26/2009 and the Kings lost to the Canucks 4-1. By the way, the last Kings game ever played on Christmas Eve was back in 1972 and they beat the California Golden Seals 5-3; which by the way was the last Christmas Eve game ever played in the NHL (only 976 fans showed for the game in Oakland). On a side note, the Kings never won a Christmas Day game.
In the 1975/76 Kings Media Guide; Defenseman Shelly Kannegiesser was not only listed as the player with the longest name, he also owned the dehydrated food rights for Canada.
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According to the 1969/70 Kings Media Guide; Center Eddie Joyal apparently did more than play in the NHL, during the offseason he operated a grocery store in St. Albert, Alberta.
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Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEYDB.com; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; GOOGLE IMAGES