After beginning the season with two road games, the Los Angeles Kings return to Staples Center and hope to continue their dominant reign at home from last season. Tonight they will take on the visiting New York Rangers, who will likely be in a sour mood having lost to the Ducks 4-1 and may carry over some bitterness from a 4-1 preseason defeat in Las Vegas. The Rangers will be the more well rested of the two teams, having not played since Thursday but they could also be rusty, a factor the Kings would look to exploit.
The Pre-Game Fan Fest will begin at 4:30pm outside of Staples Center and across the street at L.A. Live. According to the Kings’ website, “The event will feature the Bud Light Beer Garden, Coca Cola Zero sampling canopy with inflatable penalty shot, the Alberta, Canada snowboard simulator, the FOX Sports 1 Fan Express, California Lottery, Ferrara Candy Company and Toyota’s Autograph Session with Sean O’Donnell.”
The team will introduce its roster for the 2013-2014 season and will possibly premiere a new pregame video, as hinted by Kings Vision on twitter. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 7pm so as not to miss the special pregame show.
For those who will be unable to attend in person, the game will be televised on Fox Sports West as well as broadcast on KTLK 1150am (which can be streamed online via iheartradio.com).
We Are All Kings
A few days ago, Kings Vision released the first videos in a new series called “We Are All Kings” which features some special fans who get a chance to interact one-on-one with some players.
In one video, actor Colin Hanks and goaltender Jonathan Quick discuss sports superstitions. “This is the silly stuff fans do… We grow the beards, too,” Hanks comments.
In another video, defenseman Matt Greene meets up with WWII veteran Michael LaVere as they talk about what makes us all Kings. “That’s what I like about hockey, is the action. I mean there’s no game like it.”
Check out these two videos and rest on the LA Kings website at http://video.kings.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=731 .