Prediction Panel: Feb. 5 Kings vs. Blue Jackets

Kings' Prediction Panel
With questions surrounding the health of Jonathan Quick, I think it's important to point out that one-third of the Kings' defense is banged up.

Matt Greene is currently recovering and Willie Mitchell is also on the IR. Nothing against Jake Muzzin and Davis Drewiske, but I miss those guys.

Not to ignore the Quick quandry. Is he fully recovered from his back surgery? He was yanked last game after being in goal since Feb. of 2012. That's a lot of mileage, INCLUDING the playoffs. I wouldn't be surprised if JQ is still a little sensitive. But you know what? Conn Smythe winner. Stanley Cup champion. I'm not really that concerned/

I'm hoping (guessing) that the Kings get right against the battered Blue Jackets.

Final score: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1

How did the rest of the Prediction panel see the game? Peep it, peeps...

Reed Kaufman from Crowned Royal

Score: Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2

Reason: After a Sunday bag skate, the Kings are ready for this one. Jack Johnson scores one on his old team, but also reminds us why he isn't missed with a handful of missed assignments leading to a -2 rating and a furious acorn eating rampage at the end of the bench in the 3rd period.

Record: 3-2

Paul Ambruster from Kings News Daily

Score: Blue Jackets 3, Kings 2

Reason: The hits keep coming. LA goes up 2-0 but then gives up 3 unanswered
and JJ remains very happy ring-less in Ohio.

Record: 3-2

Score: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1

Reason: They're better on the road?  One can hope.

Record: 3-2

Hipcheck from Lets Go Kings

Score: Kings 5, Blue Jackets 2

Reason: Kings put up 4 against the Quacks, in theory another 4 spot should come easy. Also would think Jack Johnson should account for 1 goal. Wish I could come up with something clever but its hardly hard to trump Naysays comment.

Record: 2-3

Score: Kings 4, Blue Jackets 2

Reason: The Kings had a few days off and will rebound tomorrow night. Whoever starts in goal will let in a soft one and a good one but the defense will be good enough to stand their ground and help out. I see the Kings putting up better offensive numbers like they did last game.

Record: 2-3

Score: Kings 12, Blue Jackets 0

Reason: Early in the 1st period, Jeff Carter fires an errant wrist shot that flies over the glass and hits Hockey God square in his dumb face. He dies. Kings win.

Record: 2-3

The Royal Half from The Royal Half

Score: Kings 1, Blue Jackets 0 (regulation)

Reason: Jeff Carter scores the only goal on a deflection off Jack Johnson's cheekbone.

Record: 2-3

Surly Jacob from Surly And Scribe

Score: Kings Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1

Reason: Carter gets a hat trick because he's pissed at Columbus for their low quality of women. Jack Johnson scores because he's pissed at the Kings for trading him right before winning the Cup. However Jack Johnson is also on the ice for all of Carter's goals, because he's still Jack Johnson. 

Record: 2-3

Jesse Cohen from All The Kings Men

Score: Kings 10, Blue Jackets 0

Reason: Jack Johnson

Record: 2-3

Score: Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1

Reason: I seem to have a magical ability to pick the opposite of what happens. Fingers crossed.

Record: 1-4

Jon Gillette from Kings News Daily

Score: Kings 5, Blue Jackets 1

Reason: Hope.

Record: 1-4

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