After talking to the ladies in work about hockey this season, and the Kings playing up and down and driving us crazy, I’ve come to a conclusion. Women are much more patient fans then men. Oh, I’m not saying we don’t cuss up a storm and demand everyone’s head after a game loss, but in the long run we tend to be more supportive and stick to the players longer. Marry the players if you will. Is that good or bad? I don’t know. I just came to the conclusion that we are either more forgiving in nature naturally, or we are masochists. Pick one. It’s the same thing when it come to the Kings.
Ok, on to the preview. This is our 3rd of 4 meeting this season and we split the first two. Minnesota is in 13th place in the Western conference to our 10th place. Yes, I said 10. But! Do not despair! All the pacific teams suck so we are really only 5 pts out of 1st in the Pacific and a playoff spot by default. San Jose is only 3 pts in front of us and we can take them. The thing that bothers me is that team – That Team!- you know the one. The Quacks are only 4pts behind us! Oh, that brings out my masculine side and I want to punch something. These two points tonight are critical. We have a good team. We can have a great team.
The Minnesota Wild are playing tough lately. They started the season stong and went on a losing streak only to pick it back up winning the last 3 of 4 games. the Wild made a lot of moves before trade deadline and I don’t really care who they are, only that they are in disarray and that may work for us tonight. Minnesota beat the Sharks Sunday and have had a day of rest before tonight. Unfortunately this is a back-to-back for us and I just hope that the Kings are mad enough to come out physical tonight. We’re going to need that to win.
A Few Notes:
- Bernier will probably start tonight. I say probably because you know Sutter by now and it looks like he either hates Bernier or just a crappy coach when it comes to playing your goalies.
- Clifford and Drewiske are scratched tonight and Brad Richardson and Kevin Westgarth were in warm ups. So Sutter will have to pick one to play tonight.
- Kings have a 26.6% chance to make the playoffs as of 1:00 pst.
- The Kings are 1-3-2 in their last six road games.
- Kings are 8-for-8 on the penalty kill in their last three games.
- Brown has five goals and two assists in his last four games.
# 23 Brown– # 11 Kopitar – # 14 Williams
# 74 King– # 10 Richards – # 77 Carter
# 25 Penner – # 28 Stoll – # 22 Lewis
# 15 Richardson– # 24 Fraser – # 71 Nolan
# 7 Scuderi – # 8 Doughty
# 33 Mitchell – # 26 Voynov
# 27 Martinez –# 22 Greene
# 45 Bernier
# 32 Quick
#15 Dany Heatley - #21 Kyle Brodziak - #10 Devin Setoguchi
#22 Cal Clutterbuck - #7 Matt Cullen – #17 Nick Palmieri
#14 Darroll Powe – #26 Erik Christensen – #25 Nick Johnson
#19 Stephane Veilleux - #43 Warren Peters – #41 Jed Ortmeyer
#6 Marco Scandella – #46 Jared Spurgeon
#20 Kurtis Foster – #44 Justin Falk
#39 Nate Prosser – #77 Tom Gilbert
#32 Niklas Backstrom
#37 Josh Harding
Go Kings Go!