I came across an incredible idea when the Kings played the Senators before the All-Star break. There was a feature from the Ottawa Citizen, asking their reporters to predict what the result of the upcoming Senators’ game would be. Basically, the writers took a stab at the score and one sentence supporting their decision.
I thought that was brilliant, and was surprised no one had done it before here in L.A. So I reached out to a plethora of Kings bloggers (since there’s like 37 now), and asked if they would be interested in doing some shared content with other bloggers. Overwhelmingly, they were down. And thus, the Kings Prediction Panel was created.
Keep in mind, this is a work in progress. Since it’s open-ended, all the bloggers can use the info as they see fit, just so long as they don’t change any of the opinions from the other writers. It’s just a small way to bring some goodwill and some friendly competition between our respective sites.
I’ve always considered bloggers as the hardest of the hardcore fans, since we are driven to cover the team with our own input. Plus, everyone has an opinion. They are kind of like elbows, everyone has at least one. Unless you lost both in a horrible accident and lost them both or were born without arms. Which means my analogy sucks, but you get my meaning.
I’m hoping this project evolves into a unique experience of all to enjoy. Be sure to check out everyone’s blog when you get a chance. Each of these prognosticators have stellar sites. So, without further ado, here’s the panelists:
Fake Chris Kontos from The Royal Half
Score: Blue Jackets 2, Kings 1, SO
Reason: After watching the Columbus Blue Jackets lose 6-0 to the San Jose Sharks Monday night… I’m fully prepared for them to beat the LA Kings 2-1 in a shootout.
Jon Gillette from Rink Royalty
Score: Kings 4, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: The Kings have had 9 days to reflect on their poor performance and have to be itching to get out there and show everyone that they’re ready to kick some ass down the stretch and grab the Pacific Division.
Quisp from Jewels From the Crown
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2, SO.
Reason: it’s a 3-2 league.
Bobby Scribe from Surly and Scribe
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: dun dun dun dundun dun dun dun dundun dun dun dun dundun dundundun JACKETS SUCK!
Meg Jarrell from Kings Court
Score: Kings 3, Blue Jackets 1
Reason: The Kings play the day before Groundhog Day, and I’m convinced the boys didn’t see their shadow during the All-Star break.
Paul Armbruster from Deep Inside the Kings
Score: Kings 3, Jackets 1
Reason: Rust vs. Must: Kings struggle early, trying to find their legs, while the boys from Ohio play desperate ‘must win’ hockey after being embarrassed last night. In the end, the Kings do just enough to squeak out a win after scoring an empty netter with under a minute to go.
Matt Murray from Life In Hockeywood
Score: Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1, SO
Reason: All season, the Kings haven’t been scoring. I doubt they will have solved that glaring issue over the past nine days… Quick will continue to shine, however.