This was as charming as ugly gets.
Kind of like how getting a “Go Kings” at a 7-Eleven in Crenshaw hours prior to puck-drop is. I’m totally sniping a 24oz coffee with one of those free espresso shots. No taquitos. No taquitos.
It was an unbalanced 5-2 melee matinee at Staples Center. The Kings start with a loss.
Watching Jarret Stoll resort back to an old habit of ripping errant one-timers from the top of the zone permeated an indescribable feeling of joy to watch live once again.
It was wonderful to witness dead offensive zone presence, seeing the Kings tally a lighthearted 21 shots – few of which were quality, while they kissed the boards all afternoon long as the Chicago Blackhawks‘ defense nixed any opportunity for inside Kings presence.
And you know you wanted to see Davis Drewiske – dressed.
Don’t deny the satisfaction felt from witnessing painfully botched defensive coverage and shaky puck-play from Jonathan Quick once again, it was great.
It was hands-down the Kings’ ugliest performance since March 2012, yet it was downright beautiful.
Any “analysis” is useless at this point. The Kings will hit the road for a three-game trip beginning Tuesday night in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche. Expect Anze Kopitar to be dressed for the affair.
It will be another 12 days until the Kings skate on Staples Center ice again. Being on the road will be a common theme to the first quarter of the season.
Few positives can be taken from the Kings’ opener, but something made the day great.
Call it hockey.
Be like Jordan
We’ll be in touch about Tuesday’s date in Denver.