This game is going to be particularly fun given the bad blood between the two teams. The Coyotes hate the Kings more than any other team in the league. Last season the Kings decimated and humiliated the Coyotes during the playoffs, eliminating them in the Western Conference Finals in front of a Phoenix home crowd. The Coyotes goalie, Mike Smith, is the BIGGEST BITCH you'll ever see in the NHL (coincidentally, he may have sustained a "lower body injury" last night, just in time to avoid facing the Kings)- and is on the record saying that the Kings only won because the refs handed them the series. If there's any game where players are likely to just stab the shit out of each other, it's this one. Come for the beer, stay for the blood on the ice.
Let's enjoy a little footage of the last time these two teams met.
Note: I'm not defending the hit by Brown. But if Smith is saying that Brown should be suspended for that hit, let's just all agree the refs sucked both ways- shouldn't Smith have faced more than a 2 minute minor (a minor that was cancelled out by the bullshit call on Brown for diving). Can we all agree that Mike Smith is the worst?
I freaking love that Scuderi jumped in and pulled Doan away. Scuds doesn't mess around with rookies- he goes straight for the Captain (even though I don't think Scuderi has ever, ever been in a fight).
Of course I'll be watching the Edmonton game tonight. And clearly I'm already looking forward to Saturday. I hope the Kings get their shit together in time to destroy the Coyotes again.