Los Angeles Kings
@ Dallas Stars
Thursday, Oct 28, 2010, 5:30 PM PDT
American Airlines Center
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Wow, where the fuck did that come from?
Jack Johnson played like a badass last night, getting 28:26 minutes of ice time. He only had 3 shots on goal but that doesn't reflect the shots he put on that were deflected or almost deflected. Johnson controlled the action when he was on the ice, kind of like how Duncan Keith usually does for the Blackhawks. The weirdest part? He didn't get burned defensively. Instead it was Rob Scuderi who got undressed on the backbreaker by Patrick Sharp.*
*I like to think that whenever Scuderi gets burned Johnson will say, "Man, you really blew it on that one!" Then Scuderi will look at Johnson incredulously while resisting the urge to beat the shit out of him.
Johnson's development reminds me a lot of Brennan and Dale's in Step Brothers. When he started he was a man-child, all id and no ego. Eventually he was tamed but went the opposite way, where all he cared about were staying in position, even if it meant being in position while allowing a good shot on net. Johnson needs to find the happy medium, where he can be responsible on defense but still explosive on offense. I thought he found that medium last night. Now he needs to go to a playground and beat up a few children.
The Kings face the Dallas Stars tonight, themselves coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Anaheim Ducks. They'll be without the services of their #1 defenseman, Stephane Rob-ahahahahahaha!!! Whew, that always cracks me up. I mean, holy shit, Stephane Robidas is your #1 defenseman? Haha, good stuff.
Anyway, the Kings are facing the Stars tonight and will need to contain their dynamic offense. Clearly the Kings got off track last night because they didn't take a major penalty. Who's going to step up tonight? I'm going to surprise a few people and say it'll be Jarret Stoll for slewfooting. That'll get the team going.
Prediction: Kings win, 3-1. Goals by Loktionov, Simmonds and Stoll.