A King and a Duck jockeying for position at a recent game. Photo courtesy of rantsports.com
by Nichole Choice
HERE’S OUR HOCKEY LADY ONCE AGAIN!
NICHOLE CHOICE IS GRACING THIS SITE WITH HER MONTHLY TAKE ON SOCAL’S TWO NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TEAMS, NO DOUBT ENTHUSIASTC ON HOW L.A.’S KINGS AND ANAHEIM’S DUCKS ARE INCHING CLOSER IN THE DIVISION STANDINGS.
SO AS ALWAYS, READ ON AND ENJOY!
Greetings, hockey family!
Can you believe that it’s already February?
That means there are less than two months left in the regular season! We have a lot to discuss, so let there be no further delay…
It was a Southern California hockey sports fan dream day yesterday, because both the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks had match-ups!
Let’s start with our Kings, since they hit the ice a couple of hours earlier than the Ducks…
This week, the Kings had a rough time against the Washington Capitals.
The Kings dominated the first period, and unfortunately — that’s about it — as the Capitals went on to completely govern the rest of the game, resulting in a 1-3 loss for our guys.
In their defense (which was severely lacking during the Capitals match-up, those Kings have been on the road all the way back since February 9th.
They haven’t played a home game since the most recent Freeway Face-Off against the Anaheim Ducks, the next clash against them coming in ten days, by the way.
Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, with help from Christian Ehrhoff (#10) and Luke Schenn (#52), defending the nets against Toronto. Photo courtesy of sportsnet.ca
So ponder that for a moment…
Our Kings have been out of their element for a mighty long time, but it’s no excuse. Because right now friends, we are facing three losses and only two wins in this seven game road trip.
And the trip started string with a victory over the Boston Bruins, but subsequently, it’s been hit and miss.
And the Valentine’s Day loss against the New Jersey Devils was a real stunner and heartbreak.
The L.A. Kings simply must be victorious tonight against the St. Louis Blues.
I know it’s February, and Valentine’s Day just passed, but please, oh please Los Angeles Kings, don’t give us the Blues!
We have a Cup to think about, Kings. Stay focused!
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty but it bluntly and best when he said, “We’ve been struggling to score.”
The Blues, tonight’s opponent, lost to the Philadelphia Flyers last night, but prior to that they were on a three game wining streak, so let’s keep our fingers crossed, SoCal hockey fans!
A group of Kings, including center Jeff Carter (#10), celebrating their last win against the New York Rangers. Photo courtesy of usatoday.com
Editor’s Note: Apparently those Kings didn’t listen to our Hockey Lady’s pleas, because they lost in overtime to the Blues last night in St. Louis, 2-1. It’s their third straight loss, leaving them just two points ahead of the team that she’s going to talk about next…
Anaheim Ducks goalie Fredrick Anderson and center Nate Thompson (#44) working hard against Edmonton. Photo courtesy of ctvnews.ca
Now how about our Ducks?
We’re doing good! We actually defeated the almighty Kings during the most recent Freeway Face-Off, remember (4-2)?
And it felt great!
In fact, the Ducks are on a three game winning streak right now!
Our Ducks of Anaheim have a certain charm in terms of being the underdogs (under ducks?), a team that’s only been around since 1993 (versus the Kings, since 1967), so we root for them in a very heartfelt way.
Since February 3rd, those Anaheim Ducks have enjoyed seven wins against only two losses all month!
Talk about a turning of the tide with regard to Southern California hockey momentum!
So underdog? What underdogs??
As for the Stanley Cup for our Ducks? Well, the speculation is: no dice.
Public theory is gearing toward that team who most recently defeated our Kings, the Washington Capitals, but time shall indeed tell.
And so until next month, I remain…..your HOCKEY LADY.
Editor’s Note: Those Ducks continue to be on fire, winning their 11th game out of their last 13 tries as they beat Vancouver last night, 5-2, leaving them only two points behind their 30 miles away rivals to the north in the Pacific Division.
Good shot of two Ducks taking a break in recent action. Photo courtesy of am1380theanswer.com