June 5th, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings have taken the league by storm this year and it has caused casual fans who are used to watching the game on tv decide that they would like to get up and go attend a game. The question for these fans is what is the best seats in the house for them to be able to enjoy their experience watching the Los Angeles Kings?
If you ask fans of the Los Angeles Kings, each person will give you a different answer as to what they feel are the best seats in the house. However I am here not to convince you of what I feel is the best seat in the house, but more to educate you on what the pros and cons of each seat at a Los Angeles Kings game is.
Let’s start with the upper level seats (300 level) at Staples Center. In the 300’s you have 34 different sections in which you can sit. Sections 302-317 would be on the side where the Los Angeles Kings defend periods 1 and 3 while sections 319-334 would be the side where the Los Angeles Kings are shooting twice. With this in mind now ask yourself, what do you prefer to see? Do you prefer watching the Los Angeles Kings goalie play for 2 periods, or do you prefer to see the Los Angeles Kings offense at work for 2 periods? The other option you have is would you rather then have an equal view of both actions and sit center ice in sections 318 or 301? That would be another option you have!
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Once you have decided what you would prefer as to whether watching the Los Angeles Kings attack twice or defend twice, you then get to decide would you like to be viewing from the blue line, a corner, or behind the net. Each view will provide you something different as when you are behind the net, it enables you to see the entire rink and track the puck very well. It however diminishes your view on the opposite side of the rink and makes the players appear fairly small on the opposite end of the rink. When you sit in a corner it will give you a bit better view of what’s happening on the opposite side of the rink while keeping you with a very good view of the action happening right in front of you and typically it puts you right at the goal line so when the puck gets past the goalie, you have one of the best views of seeing the puck go into the net. By moving closer towards the blue line your view of the action changes a bit as now when you are watching the teams attack on offense you are now viewing them from behind a bit as opposed to having them come towards you. It lines you up to see plays being developed while also giving you a better view of the action on the opposite end.
The next tier of seating would be the 200 and premier level seating. The 200 level seating at Staples for the Los Angeles Kings are seats that are located behind the goals and have a slight bit of elevation to them. The 200 levels give the fan that feeling of being low to the ice and having the action appear closer to them while not completely draining their wallet. The premier level seats are between the goals and extend into the corners. The Premier seats have the added bonus of coming with waiter/waitress service which enables you to remain in your seat all throughout the game and not have to worry about getting up to get whatever food or beverage you desire. The elevation in the premiers offer you some of the best sightlines for hockey as you will pretty much not have any part of the rink be hidden from your view. You are viewing the game from “above the glass” which means the plexiglass boards that surround the rink will be lower than you so you will not be looking through that, you will be seeing the ice clearly from every spot in the stands. If you get a row 1 seat in the premiers you will have what is probably the BEST sightlines for a Los Angeles Kings game possible as you will not have anyone or anything blocking your view at all as if everyone stands to see a big play, you will have just enough elevation over them that you can remain seated in your seat and still see the play in action.
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Next up we have the 100 level seating at Staples. For many people they feel that the 100s is the only way to go because they want to be as close to the action as possible. However when you are this close, there are drawbacks. Pending on what section you are sitting in, you could have your view obstructed for certain parts of the ice. The lower you sit, the harder it is to see on the opposite end of the rink. If you sit low, you are going to have a very god view of all the action is happening in front of you, will be able to the ice scrape up from the players skates when they throw on the brakes, the chip in the ice that will cause the puck to bounce on edge, however by doing this you cut down on your angle to see the opposite end of the rink. You will now be sitting “below the glass” which means when you go to look at the opposite end of the rink, if you are in a corner or between the goals, you will need to look through the players bench, or the penalty box to see the action on the opposite end. As you move higher up, it opens up the angle a bit more and lets you see more into the corner on the opposite end of the rink. Typically if you want to sit low, you want to be behind the net as this will not cut off your angle as you’ll have a full view of the rink. However if you sit low behind the net, it makes it tricky to see what is happening at the opposite end of the rink because you will be at eye height with the players so trying to see the goalie basically makes you feel like a player as you will see that defense trying to get in your way, along with the offense trying to set a screen in front of the goalie.
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Last but not least we have glass seats. Many people see glass seats as the greatest thing in the world. With glass seats you have to understand the pros and cons to them though. By being on the glass you are essentially a part of the action as you are able to pound on the glass and when a player comes crashing into the boards they are basically almost on top of you. However not every glass seat offers this. There are glass seats behind player benches and penalty boxes which means you cant hit the glass there, but you are right there with the players being able to hear what they are saying, what their coaches are saying to them. It gives a lot of insight as to what is going on in the players minds during the game. These will hurt your view a bit as you are basically looking at the backs of players heads during the game, however with those seats it is more about the atmosphere of those type of seats.
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I understand that other people will have different opinions on what each seat has to offer, however my goal here was to give an honest unbiased opinion on what each seat has to offer to fans who want to see the Los Angeles Kings play.
We would love your feedback on your favorite seat location to see a LA Kings game.
Hope to see you all out there!
June 5th, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
With their victory in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals over the New Jersey Devils the Los Angeles Kings are now only 1 win away from bringing the Stanley Cup home to Los Angeles.
With a 4-0 victory that saw the Kings dominating in nearly every facet of the game, the Kings clearly look like they are going to end this magical playoff run on a very high note.
Anze Kopitar currently leads all playoff participants with 18 points in 17 games (8 goals and 10 assists) and an astounding +15 rating. Dustin Brown is just behind him with 7 goals and 10 assists and a +15 rating.
Defenseman Drew Doughty has shown signs of the player he was 2 years ago when he was a Norris trophy finalist as he has 3 goals, 10 assists, and a +13 rating while averaging 26:11 minutes per game.
If the Kings do win the Cup, goaltender Jonathan Quick is the most likely member of the team to earn the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs as he has posted a ridiculously low 1.36 goals against average and .950 save percentage. Quick has yet to allow more than 3 goals in ANY game this entire playoff run.
With game 4 of the series to be played Wednesday night on home ice in front of what is expected to be the largest crowd in Kings history you can bet that the Kings will be doing everything in their power to close out the series and hoist the Stanley Cup in front of their home crowd.
We have plenty of Kings Tickets for this biggest game in Kings history. From the Upper Deck to Glass Seats and everything in between. Dont miss this historic game at the LA Staples Center.
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June 4th, 2012
Preview: New Jersey at Los Angeles
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, June 4, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
With another bout of road dominance behind them, the Los Angeles Kings find themselves halfway to their first Stanley Cup championship as they host the New Jersey Devils in Monday’s Game 3. The Kings gained the upper hand in the best-of-seven series with identical 2-1 overtime victories in Games 1 and 2. Jeff Carter was the hero Saturday night as his turnaround wrist shot beat Martin Brodeur and improved the Kings to 10-0 on the road in the playoffs.
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ABOUT THE DEVILS: New Jersey players were saying all the right things after dropping a second straight heartbreaker, but history is clearly against the club as the series shifts to Los Angeles. Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1959 Montreal Canadiens have come back to win the Stanley Cup after dropping the first two games at home. Forward Ryan Carter, who scored in Game 2, says his team may not be as dominant away from home as the Kings have been – but it hasn’t been a slouch, either. “We’ve been a strong road team all year,” he said. “If we play our game we feel we can win on any sheet of ice, home or away.”
Outside of the early-season trip to Los Angeles, the Devils only ventured as far west as Edmonton, Calgary and Phoenix, all of which fall in the Mountain Time zone. They played the two other California clubs – Anaheim and San Jose – at home and also hosted the Vancouver Canucks in their only meeting this year.
ABOUT THE KINGS: Prior history benefits Los Angeles in at least one other way. Saturday’s win made the Kings just the fourth team ever to take a 2-0 lead in all four of their post-season series (1981 New York Islanders, 1988 Edmonton Oilers, 2008 Detroit Red Wings). All three of those teams went on to prevail in the Stanley Cup. Yet, despite having a sizable lead, Kings forward Justin Williams says he and his teammates aren’t settling in. “We’re not satisfied as of yet,” he said. “We came here and we accomplished what we wanted to do here. We won two games. Now we’re going to try to win in front of the hometown fans.”
1. New Jersey is just 1-5 in postseason series in which it has dropped the first two games, prevailing only against the Boston Bruins in 1994.
2. Eight different Kings have scored game winners so far in the postseason, led by captain Dustin Brown with three.
3. The Devils’ top three scorers – Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac – are a combined minus-12 in the playoffs.
June 3rd, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
KINGS 2, DEVILS 1 (OT): Jeff Carter’s goal 13:42 into overtime lifted visiting Los Angeles to a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Following extended pressure in the New Jersey zone, Carter gathered the puck at the side of the New Jersey net, skated out to the top of the circles and wristed a shot that beat Devils netminder Martin Brodeur on the short side.
The win improves Los Angeles to 10-0 on the road in the postseason – and more importantly, sends the Kings back to California with a two-game lead in the best-of-seven as they seek their first Stanley Cup title.
Game 3 is set for Monday night at the Los Angeles Staples Center and you can still purchase Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup Tickets.
Trailing 1-0 after 40 minutes, the Devils finally drew even 2:59 into the third period. Ryan Carter situated himself in the high slot and redirected a Marek Zidlicky point shot past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick for his fifth goal of the postseason.
The teams exchanged chances until late in regulation, when the Devils missed a golden chance to even the series as Ilya Kovalchuk rang a shot off the crossbar with 19 seconds remaining.
Quick stopped 32 shots to preserve the win. Brodeur made 30 saves in defeat.
Moments after killing off a New Jersey power play, the Kings jumped in front on a great individual effort by Drew Doughty. The superstar defenseman stickhandled from his own zone to the top of the left circle before unleashing a wrist shot that beat Martin Brodeur inside his right arm.
The Devils looked to draw even but couldn’t beat Quick, who stood his ground during two separate flurries in front of the Los Angeles net.
Los Angeles and New Jersey traded quality scoring chances early in the second, with Quick stopping Anton Volchenkov on a tricky shot from the top of the circles and Justin Williams wiring a wrist shot at the other end that Brodeur snagged with his glove.
Dainius Zubrus nearly broke the New Jersey deadlock later in the frame, but his redirection from point-blank range sailed just wide of the net. The Devils enjoyed a shorthanded break moments after that, but Quick tipped a Zach Parise pass intended for Travis Zajac just out of reach.
Quick made the save of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the period, stretching out his right leg to redirect a strange deflection on a Kings clearing attempt with the edge of his skate.
GAME NOTEBOOK: This is the first time the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals have gone to overtime since 1951, when the Montreal Canadiens opposed the Toronto Maple Leafs. The teams split the games. … The Kings went just 29-66 on the road in the playoffs from 1967-2011. … Carter scored just four times in 72 regular-season games between the Devils and Florida Panthers. … The Kings improved to 4-0 in overtime in the playoffs. The Devils dropped to 4-3.
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May 31st, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings are on FIRE this year! The 1967 founded NHL team has never won a stanley cup and has only one other Conference Championship before this year and are just three wins away from their first Stanley Cup win ever. It was an unbelievable sports season for Los Angeles in the 2012 professional sports; both NBA teams made it to the finals and for a moment all three teams were championship contenders.
The Los Angeles Kings became the first team in the history of professional Hockey to win their first nine road games in a post-season. If they win Game 2 on Saturday at the Prudential Center versus the New Jersey Devils, the Kings will be tied for an NHL record of most road wins in a post season. It also means when they do head home to the Los Angeles Staples Center the Los Angeles Kings will be not only enjoying a home-rink advantage but will be encouraged by a 2-0 starting point.
Wednesday nights game Kings vs. Devils was an intense 60 minutes of non-stop nail biting that led the Kings to a 2-1 win that included once again overtime where the Kings stood to lose everything. However, even Devils coach said his team didn’t deserve the win against the Kings as the Devil’s only goal came from a lucky bounce off of Kings defensive Slava Voynov. The Kings have had a ferocious season with flawless transitions and quick breaks out of the box and of course star player Jonathan Quick always at the ready to make his big stops. Now Kings fans gear up as the Kings grind out one more away game before returning to the Los Angeles Staples Center at LA Live! Check out www.BarrysTickets.com for your Los Angeles Kings Tickets and all Sports Tickets today!
May 29th, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
It’s been a long season but finally the NHL is at its final home stretch, the Stanley Cup Finals.
The two teams that will be facing off in the finals are the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. Each team has defied the odds this post season as neither team had home ice advantage for any of its playoff series and neither was really given a legitimate chance at winning it all. Several weeks later and here both teams are, 4 wins away from the greatness they’ve been trying to achieve all season. Which team will win it all though?
During the regular season these 2 teams faced off twice back in October, once in New Jersey and once in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for the Kings, both of these games resulted in losses, however each team was completely different back then as the Kings had yet to acquire Jeff Carter and were still operating under former coach Terry Murray. The Devils on the other hand were still discovering who they were after an awful 10-11 season.
For the first time since 1999, the Stanley Cup will be won by a team whose captain is American as both the Kings (Dustin Brown, NY) and Devils (Zach Parise, MN) were born in the U.S.
The winner of this series will be the lowest seeded team since the NHL adopted the 16 team playoff format back in 1994 to win the Stanley Cup. Currently the lowest seeded team to ever win it all was the New Jersey Devils as a #5 seed.
If the Kings win it all they will be the 4th consecutive team to start the season in Europe and win it all.
The Kings have won an NHL record 10 consecutive playoff games on the road (dating back to last season) and will look to extend that streak as they will start the series off on the road in New Jersey.
The puck will drop at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Wednesday May 30th at 8:00 pm Eastern as the series will get underway.
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May 27th, 2012
Kings Vs Devils Stanley Cup
The Stanley Cup Final matches two teams that haven’t met for 7 months. This will be the first-ever playoff series between The Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. In the regular season, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Kings once in regulation and once in a shootout.
The Los Angeles Kings have geared up for a lengthy playoff series in every single round of the postseason, but they haven’t even had to play a Game 6.
New Jersey and Los Angeles met twice in the regular season, both games coming in October (13th and 25th). The Kings lost to the Devils, 2-1, in a shootout October 13 in Newark, having just returned to the United States after starting the regular season with two games in Europe. The Devils won, 3-0 at Staples Center, October 25.
One of many similarities between the Kings and the Devils is that their leading players have earned every last bit of their exorbitant paychecks. It is a challenging task with either club to point directly at a best player. Any which way your finger waggles, at minimum, 3 faces appear.
Leading the way on the ice and off it for both teams are American born Captains who, though they play very various styles, both lead by example and put work ethic at the forefront of every shift. Neither Dustin Brown nor Zach Parise will be caught coasting for a second of precious ice time. Hockey fans around the world will be mesmerized by two skaters who have never played for the sport’s greatest prize, but have played every game these playoffs as if the Cup awaits them at the final buzzer.
There is nobody hotter in the NHL than Jonathan Quick is in net for the Kings. Quick was a great goaltender during the regular season, but he’s taken his game to an additional level throughout the playoffs. During the 2011-12 season, Quick had a goals against average of 1,95, which has shrunk even smaller, to 1,54, during these playoffs. Both teams have elite goaltenders playing at elite levels right now.
Whoever won the 2012 Stanley Cup, the Devils or Kings, will be the lowest seed in the history of the NHL to do so. There’s no doubt that this matchup is between the two most popular teams in the sport. Kings have gone on a 12-2 rampage through the playoffs and earned a date with the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals, which begin Wednesday.
Tickets for the Devils Vs Kings are still available for the Staples Center as well as the Prudential Center.
May 23rd, 2012
Kings on way to Stanley Cup
Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime Tuesday and the Los Angeles Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time as a franchise. Jonathan Quick made 38 saves for the Kings and Smith had 47 stops.
The Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference final series.
Los Angeles took the best-of-seven series 4-1 and won its record 10th consecutive road playoff game, including two last year.
The Kings are waiting to see if they will face the Rangers or the Devils for the Stanley Cup.
The Kings Staples Center dates will be June 4th, June 6th and if necessary June 11th.
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(Photo by Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
May 22nd, 2012
The champagne and confetti were shelved at the Staples Center on Sunday when the LA Kings had their long awaited trip to the Stanley Cup Finals stalled after a 2-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Kings have so far made only one appearance in the Stanley Cup Championship Series since their debut in 1967. In 1993, Los Angeles, coached by Barry Melrose and led by legendary player Wayne Gretzky, entered the final quest for the Cup against the Montreal Canadiens. The Kings won the first of five games but went on to lose the next four, conceding the Cup to Montreal. They have never won a Stanley Cup in their 41 year history.
Doan had two goals, Mike Smith made 36 saves in his third playoff shutout, and the Coyotes emphatically avoided playoff elimination with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.
Ray Whitney and Antoine Vermette had assists for the Coyotes, who escaped a series sweep by snapping the eighth-seeded Kings’ eight-game winning streak in front of long-suffering fans denied the chance to celebrate Los Angeles’ first berth in the Stanley Cup finals since 1993.
Phoenix was better from the opening faceoff, dominating an opponent that had been on an 11-1 run through the postseason. Doan scored on a power play in the first period and on a deflected shot in the second, silencing the crowd at the Kings’ first loss since April 18.
Los Angeles, which had a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal in the first period, began the second period undaunted by its one-goal deficit. Lewis had the first big chance, skating to the front of the net, where his backhand beat Smith but went off the post. Shortly thereafter, Drew Doughty ripped a shot from the point that Smith saved, and then barely got his glove to the rebound before Anze Kopitar could punch in an equalizer.
The third period was more of the same for the Kings, who pulled goaltender Jonathan Quick for an extra attacker in the final minutes but could produce no magic. Quick finished with 19 saves.
Entering the post-season as an eighth seed, the Kings beat the top seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs then the second seeded St Louis Blues in the second then won the first three against the Coyotes. The Kings are 2-for-23 on the power play in the series after Sunday’s 0-for-6 performance.
The Kings are surely the class of the West and the biggest surprise of the playoffs. But let’s not crown them just yet. Assuming they get past Phoenix, they still have to face either New York Rangers or the New Jersey Devils – both tough, disciplined and well-coached squads with outstanding goaltending. The over-achieving Kings will meet their match.
Game 5 is is on right now in Phoenix. Los Angeles is 7-0 on the road in the playoffs.
May 20th, 2012
The eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings will try to earn their first Stanley Cup Finals berth since 1993 when they host the Phoenix Coyotes today in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
The Los Angeles Kings have crafted one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent memory, leaving them a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 19 years. They’ll get their first crack at it Sunday afternoon as they entertain the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. A capacity crowd is expected at the Staples Center, which has already seen plenty of playoff action this weekend and could be the site of the Kings’ biggest win since 1993.
Given the way Los Angeles has played this postseason, it’s easy to forget that the club came into the Stanley Cup tournament as the eighth seed in the West. And yet, despite having to tangle with the top three teams in the conference, the Kings are just the third team in NHL history to take 3-0 leads in each of its first three series. Los Angeles failed to close out Vancouver at home, dropping Game 4 of its first-round series for its only loss of the playoffs. The Kings used home-ice to beat the St. Louis Blues in the fourth game of round two and will look to do the same against the Coyotes.
Little has gone right for Phoenix in the conference finals. After coming in on a high following a five-game elimination of the Nashville Predators, the Coyotes‘ vaunted defense has been overmatched by a deep, speedy Kings roster that has generated 116 shots through the first three games of the series. Coach Dave Tippett noted that his club took several penalties in the third period of Game 3 that perhaps shouldn’t have been called. “The game is turning a little dishonest and it’s embellishment by players,” Tippett said. “When it’s done well, it’s very hard for the referees, very hard
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