WooHoo! The NHL second season is about to get underway. My beloved Kings placed 3rd in the Pacific Division, and are slated to face-off against the San Jose Sharks. It promises to be one of the more exciting playoff series in this first round. Both clubs are considered to be Stanley Cup contenders, and it is well known that the fans can't stand each other. It is an contentious rivalry, and I suspect each respective teams arenas will be loud, boisterous and in your face.
Of course, I'll be rooting for the Kings. After all, what's not to like about them. They have a roster built for playoff hockey. The Kings exhibit a defense first mentality; having just won the William Jennings Trophy - given to the team with the lowest goals allowed throughout the season. The offense isn't too shabby either; especially since a trade that brought Marian Gaborik to LA. For most of the regular season the Kings had some trouble scoring, but Gaborik's addition has really amped up the club.
I'll be sitting in my usual season-ticket seats in Section 315, and I promise to be loud. The first game will be on Thursday in San Jose. Our first home game will be next Tuesday. Check out the schedule below:
Game 1, Los Angeles at San Jose: Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2, Los Angeles at San Jose: Sunday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3, San Jose at Los Angeles: Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Game 4, San Jose at Los Angeles: Thursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Game 5, Los Angeles at San Jose: Saturday, April 26, TBD*
Game 6, San Jose at Los Angeles: Monday, April 28, TBD*
Game 7, Los Angeles at San Jose: Wednesday, April 30, TBD*
*if necessary. All times PT.
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