Saturday, April 7, 2012

KBPP Preview: Kings vs Sharks - Part 2

Rivalries are part of the fun of sports, whether amateur or professional. When you participate in sports, you accept there will be good-natured trash talk as well as physical battle with your opponent. You learn to win humbly and accept defeat gracefully. That's what good sportsmanship is about, and MOST teams -- like the Kings -- honor that idea.

But not all of them.

What Ryane Clowe and the Sharks pulled Thursday night was a disgrace to themselves and the sport of hockey AND it was completely unfair to the Kings. And their transgressions have gone unpunished as well -- at least until now.

Tonight, we exact our vengeance. Tonight, we take what is ours. Tonight, WE MAKE THEM PAY.

This is the final Kings Blogger Prediction Panel entry of the regular season and I must give a HUGE thanks to Matt Murray of Life In Hockeywood for coming up with this idea. I believe I speak for all the bloggers in saying it's been a blast and we can't wait to do it again next season.

Of course, some of us will be predicting into the playoffs, and our final seeds hang on the accuracy of our guesses tonight. Placement be damned, I have faith in my Kings and my prognostication reflects that fact. But what do the rest of the Kings bloggers think? Here's your last look of the season.


The Royal Half from The Royal Half
  • Score: Kings 4, Sharks 3 (SO)
  • Reason:  Because it's the Cup. Or at least time for the 1st round.
  • Record:19-12

Jon Gillette from Rink Royalty 
  • Score: Kings 4, Sharks 2
  • Reason: Someone from the Sharks actually scores a goal from the bench.
  • Record: 17-14

Meg Jarrell from Kings Court
(That's me so you don't need no stinking link --- you're already here!)
  • Score: Kings 3, Sharks 2
  • Reason: The Sharks are comfortable back in their Tank, but the Kings are on a mission to avenge Thursday's loss and finish the race for the division title for once and for all! Plan to see Ryane Clowe's stick headed where the sun doesn't shine! GO KINGS GO!
  • Record: 17-14

Hipcheck from LA Kings Road Talk Radio
  • Score: Kings 5, Sharks 2
  • Reason: Kings offense continues to pour it on and Quick brings his  A game. A fight filled affair ends with 20 Ryan Clowe stick references and 10 references to the NHL rulebook. For the record, my show will broadcast immediately following the game and anyone who wants to call in and talk about the game you all have the green light. Go Kings.
  • Record: 15-16

Paul Armbruster from Kings Daily News (formerly Wavesinair from Deep Inside the Kings@deepinsidekings)
  • Score: Kings 3, Sharks 2, shootout
  • Reason: I have a bad feeling the Kings aren't going to get the job done. Their window was the last game and they didn't do it. That said, I'm picking the Kings because I'm sure as shit not taking the sharks the last game of the season!
  • Record: 18-13

Matt Murray from Life In Hockeywood

  • Score:  Sharks 3, Kings 1
  • Reason: The road to the Pacific crown goes through San Jose, as it has from 2007-08. The Kings will need to slay the Sharks in their own home waters if they hope to claim their first division crown in 21 years. But I think San Jose still has more experience in games like this, but the Kings will put up a fighter's chance. My guess is the Kings will score first but give up two goals late in the game. Hey, the Kings are in the playoffs, so it ain't so bad.
  • Record: 18-13

Got a prediction of your own? Leave it in the comments and see how you stack up against the KBPP!


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