The guarantee streak continues!!! Four wins in a row and the last game I told you all that a King that has not scored yet would score; my buddy Penner came through. There is no crystal ball; there is no reading of the stars, looking at tarot cards, chicken bones, drinking of magic potions that give me insight into what comes next. Just good old fashioned dark magic. I have requests for lotto numbers, finding lost pets, and helping someone to reach the other side to talk to their grandfather about where he buried his will. The streak will continue for at least one more game, but I can tell you good people that I will give you one more guarantee, ok not so much as guarantee as a fact; Detroit fan will be obnoxious at the game. Not much of a stretch, but it will happen. One last thing, keep up the positivity people, trust me, you guys have already proven that it works.
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2/27/2013: Detroit Red Wings @ Los Angeles Kings
On 2/4/1995; Rick Tocchet scored his 12th career hat trick (and first as a King) as Los Angeles won, 4-3 over the Red Wings at the Forum.
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On 2/17/1983; Marcel Dionne registered his 25th career hat trick as the Kings tied the Red Wings at Detroit, 5-5; Dionne is the Kings all-time leader with 25 hat tricks.
On 10/9/1993; LA King Tomas Sandstrom ties a club record with six assists vs. Detroit in a 10-3 victory. In that same game, defenseman Dominic LaVoie had a hat trick in his first game as a King.
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I was going to write about some more facts on the old Red Wings, in particular more on Gordie Howe since I still had so much left on him from the last game. I instead decided to some facts on the old Detroit Cougars. Always love doing this type of team since it comes with some incredible old time hockey pictures.
Hockey in Detroit began when five different groups tried to get a franchise and started when one of those groups bought the players from the previous WHL Victoria Cougars, which had folded. The team named themselves the Cougars in honor of the team that folded.
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Since no arena in Detroit was ready at the time, the Cougars played their first season in Windsor, Ontario at the Border Cities Arena. For the 1927–28 season, the Cougars moved into the new Detroit Olympia, which would be their home rink until December 27, 1979.
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That 1927-28 season was also the first season behind the bench for Jack Adams, who would be the face of the franchise the next 36 years as either coach or general manager.
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The Cougars made the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 1929. The Cougars were outscored 7–2 in the two-game series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1930, the Cougars were renamed the Falcons, but their woes continued, as they usually finished near the bottom of the standings.
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1982/83 is the team next on the count up.
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Goalie Gary Laskoski attended the camp on a tryout basis. Based on his performance at camp, Laskoski was named the number one goalie for the team. Laskoski was not signed to a contract until after several regular season games, earning $200 per game.
The Kings goaltending trouble catch up with them as they miss the playoffs for the first time in ten years while finishing in last place with a record of 27-41-12. Along the way Marcel Dionne would post another 50-goal season surpassing the 500-goal milestone in the process.
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Now some of you may have asked yourselves, why did Rawley write about a goalie like Laskoski? Well there is a reason; on January 18, Laskoski and the Kings ended Wayne Gretzky's consecutive point streak at 30.
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Completely random facts.
Many Kings Fans already know that Bob Miller is in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but did you know that the man whose place he took is there as well? Jiggs McDonald was the Kings announcer from 1967-72 and was inducted into the HoF in 1990.
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Since the inception of the Player of the Week/Month honors started in the 1987/88 season the two Kings that have won that honor the most are Wayne Gretzky with 8 times and Luc Robitaille with 7 times. Believe it or not; Jason LaBarbara was the #1 star of the week for the week of 10/21-10/27/07 with a 3-0-0 record and a 0.67 save %.
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The Kings have erupted for nine-plus goals 42 times, the most ever being 12, scored against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 11, 1984. The most recent Kings explosion took place on Jan. 1, 2008, a 9-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sources: LAKINGS.com; NHL.com; TSN.ca; HOCKEYDB.com; HOCKEY-REFERENCE.com; GOOGLE IMAGES