I missed Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Avs but RudyKelly has a pretty good post-game report. Bottom line: Ryan Smyth should die. Thanks to "Captain Canada", oh wait, no it's "Mr. I hate Canada and NY but I'll give Colorado a try because the weather is so similar to Edmonton it'll be like I'm still in Canada and can be called Captain Canada but really, I can't so....whatevs", but thanks to him Barbs is out. Who knows how serious the injury is. The LA Times reports:
LaBarbera suffered a rib injury with 14 minutes 40 seconds remaining in the third period when he was hit by the Avalanche's Ryan Smyth during a scramble near the net. LaBarbera was forced to leave and his return is uncertain.
Additionally, the LAT reports that Jonathan Quick has been called up from Manchester on an emergency basis. What? No Cloots? Ahhh, is that 3-8 record unappealing? Matt Moulson has been sent back down but hometown boy, Gabe Gauthier, has been called up. Gauthier is 2nd in scoring for the Monarchs with 27 points (8G, 19A) in 21 games. Last season Gauthier played a couple games with the Kings. I didn't think he was anything special but a new season, a new kid? Let's hope so because we need the scoring.
Keys to the game:
The Kings have been sucking on the power play lately and that needs to change, stat.