Ok, so I survived the holidays with only minimal damage. I caught the killer cold the week of December 12th. Or was it the flu? I don’t know. What I do know is that I spent the week throwing up and not eating. I was so sick I didn’t use my Kings tickets that I had for Decemebr 14th.
The Kings are doing well again. After losing 6 of 8 in early December the Kings have rallied to win 6 of their last 7 at the end of the month. They are now back in first place by two points although Dallas has 4 games in hand.
So the slide of the Los Angeles Kings seems to have abated. They beat the Mighty Ducks, Coyotes, and Canucks for three wins in a row. This puts them into the middle of the playoff race and in a tie for first place in the Pacific division with Dallas.
My favorite moment in the last game was Sean Avery fighting a guy a head taller and 50 pounds heavier. I swear Sean had to jump every time he swung so that he could hit the guy.
This last weekend, my dad, wife, niece, and I went to Oakland/San Francisco for an outing for my dad’s 80th birthday. We took Amtrak and what a nightmare. I enjoy traveling by train and often take the train when I can. San Diego, no problems. Santa Barbara, no problems. San Luis Obispo, no problem. Oakland, lots of problem. What’s the difference? To get to Oakland from LA requires a trip on the Coast Starlight. This train is frequently late and our trip proved no exception. We arrived 6 hours late into Oakland at 0130 with a nice rain coming down. Fun. Fortunately, we took a San Joquain train home and arrive only 30 minutes late because of traffic from the bus portion of the trip.
Yech! The slide continues. The Kings lost in Montreal, beat Toronto, and lost at home to Carolina. Seems that the Kings can only play two good periods at the moment and lose the game in the other period. The worse thing is that they are in second place and Dallas has 4 games in hand.
The Kings are in a bit of a slump. They’ve lost two in a row for the first time this season. Not only did they lose two in a row, they’re playing bad. Stinking up the place bad. To make matters worse, they are losing 2-0 to the Senators and have scored 3 power play goals in the last 45 power plays. Hell, I might be able to do that. Ok, maybe not, but you get the point.