Toews, Smyth, Momma and What You Missed…

Researchers say one of the most popular vacation weeks among the American workforce is the time between Christmas and New Year’s. With that behind us, it’s now on to 2011.

The Kings are home tonight to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Smyth had this to say about the game “Chicago set the barrier high with winning the Stanley Cup last year. They have a couple of wins against us this season, which we felt we played fairly decent for the most part. But, (we) fell short of the points.”

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for Los Angeles, who will be looking to bounce back after dropping three in a row to Phoenix, Philadelphia and San Jose.

Corey Crawford was in net for Chicago last night, losing 2-1 to Anaheim (their third straight loss also). So, perhaps the Kings will face Marty Turco.

In somewhat surprising news, ‘Hawks captain Jonthan Toews will return to the line-up. He was expected to be out several more weeks with a shoulder injury. Instead, he was out just six days.

Final note on Chicago…although many teams do a ‘Dad’s Trip’, where the player’s fathers attend several  games with the club, the Blackhawks are doing something different this year – they’ve brought their moms out west with them for the organization’s first ever ‘Mom’s Trip.’

Because many of you were unavailable last week, make sure you take a peek at what you missed…

* Kevin Westgarth’s New Year’s Resolutions – he shares what several of his teammates may have committed to for 2011, with thoughts on Dustin Brown, Ryan Smyth, Jack Johnson, Michal Handzus and more.  Article available here.

* The 2011 World Junior Championship wraps up this week in Buffalo.  Several of the Kings players stopped by to share their memories from the tournament, as linked here:  Ryan Smyth talks ’95, Drew Doughty on 2008 and Jack Johnson on the medals Team USA should have won.

*  Reunion Week – three former Kings stopped by Mayors Manor last week:

– Perhaps the most popular King in the last 10 years, Ian Laperriere, made a return visit to help preview the Flyers game.  He comments on the Kings, Chris Pronger and Jody Shelley, plus updates us on his injury status (available here).

– Playoff hero, Eric Belanger, checked in with a Kings-Coyotes preview and discussed his relationship with Luc Robitaille and Laperriere (available here).

– Dave ‘the Hammer’ Schultz was once the baddest man in the NHL and he still holds the single season record for penalty minutes – more than 30 years after setting the mark.  The former Flyer and King was our guest last Thursday and he covered a variety of topics, including fighting in the game today, the toughest guy he ever faced, the NHL rule named after him, Marcel Dionne and…yes, even pro wrestling.  Check it out here.

*  In non-Kings related news, Sharks captain Joe Thornton made his inaugural visit into MayorsManor on Saturday as part of our LA-SJ preview.  One of the topics he discussed was taking over the ‘C’ from Rob Blake (available here).

When you’re all done catching up on your reading, you have one more item to check off your to-do list.  Today is the last day to vote for the 2011 NHL All Star team. Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar and the Kings need your help. Voting is easy – click here to vote online or text the LAST NAME of your favorite player to  81812.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

.

Recent Articles

Behind the Scenes: Creation of the LA Kings 2020 Outdoor Jersey

Jersey leaks are part of the game. At MayorsManor we’re proud of the fact we’ve broken the news on every jersey the Kings have launched over the past 10 years. However, a leak doesn’t always tell the whole tale of how a jersey evolves from a rough idea to an actual sweater worn by NHL […]

LA Kings 2020 Prospect Rankings – Honorable Mentions

As difficult as it may be, we ask for just a little patience before you jump down to the actual rankings.
We know, people love lists – and even more than reading them, they love to debate them.
Yet a small amount of context is pretty critical to the overall process here, regardless if you’re an avid […]

LA Kings Prospect Tracker – Week Ending January 13, 2020

With the holidays and World Junior Championship concluded, all the healthy prospects have resumed their regular season play. Some of the futures haven’t lost a step, while others have found a new home after the CHL trade deadline.
EUROPE
Samuel Fagemo: Forward, Frölunda HC, SHL (2nd round pick in 2019)
Regular season: 7 goals, 6 assists, plus-3, 4 […]

Major News Items

Kings Of the Podcast Ep. 15.1 with Jaret Anderson-Dolan

Feel free to admit it - there are few things in life better than a surprise episode. Yet, here we are, back with Kings of the Podcast Episode 15.1, just a few days after our latest release! Here's a very brief look at … [Read More...]

More Prospect News