The Habs come to Hollywood, somewhere they haven't been since before Britney was El Loco Gigantico, with their own soap opera diva (Grabs!) stealing the headlines on the broadsheets. Let's get the gossip:
Waiting in line details - 4:00 pm EST start, so that's like, I dunno, 11:00 am out West? Who am I, Sir Sanford Fleming? An afternoon match-up of the Eastern Conference co-leaders and Team Hollywood sounds like something the CBC would love right? Wrong. If you want to see some hockey on the mothership today you have to wait for the 7:00 Toronto Dead Maple Leafs Walking vs Team Sominex - er, New Jersey. God, the Devils are horrible to watch. If Bettman really cared about hockey, he'd revoke that franchise and shoot Lou Lamirello so he couldn't ever harm hockey again.
Pay Your Cover Charge to: HF29 said to keep it locked on Battle of Calfornia for this trip, and who are we to argue with the Game Preview Guru? Battle of California it is.
Hot Sexy Habs to Watch: Same old, same old: Kovy, 9 points in last 4; Turtleplek, 8 in the last 4. But wait! Captain K is going a point a game for his last 11, and Higgins had a pair of assists last game. Line 1B in the hizzouse! Halak comes off the bench at long last to face live ammo.
Skanky Habs to watch: Grabovski sat last game, pouted, travelled by himself to LA and is apparently sulking. A little advice: DO SOMETHING IN THIS LEAGUE before you get your panties in a bunch about sitting. There are far more accomplished NHL players than you sitting on the sidelines for the Habs every night. Thank your lucky stars you weren't on the first bus to the ECHL. El Dandy sits tonight with Greek Lightning making a triumphant return to last year's home.
Hot Sexy Kings to watch: Patrick O'Sullivan (he of the CRAZY CRAZY dad) and Anze Kopitar (he of the CRAZY CRAZY name) are both scoring pretty regularly. Dustin Brown is a frightening combo of size and goals. Rookie goalie Eric Ernsberg is coming off a first career shutout vs the Sens.
Skanky Kings to watch: Well, they have only won 2 of their last 9, are dead last in the NHL, and already stitching "Stamkos" onto a horrible jersey. Nuff said, methinks.
Post-Game Entertainment: Hey man, it's LA! Go to the Sunset Strip, see some glam rock at the Whiskey A Go-Go, then get yourself tattooed by the very intriguing Kat Von D.
Okay, let's here those Hollywood-themed dirty dirty thoughts in the comments.