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Greetings from L.A. — PHT on location at Stanley Cup Final

Jun 3, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

Staples Center

Hello from sunny Los Angeles. Halford and I arrived last night at LAX, whereupon we picked up our “mid-sized” rental car, which in fact turned out to be a red convertible Ford Mustang. Did we immediately take the top down? We did. Were we a bit cold on the highway? We were. A bit.

Anyway, we’re at the Staples Center today for Media Day, which starts with the Rangers (practice, then availability) before it’s the Kings’ turn. There’s also a media lunch at 1 p.m. Hopefully there’s ice cream.

We’ll have our Stanley Cup picks up soon. Still waiting for Yerdon to email his in. Come on, Yerds. I have a feeling it could be Kings picks across the board, but we’ll see. Only one PHTer picked L.A. to beat the defending champion Blackhawks. Yep, it was me, the same only PHTer who picked the Wild to beat the Avs. But enough bragging, since I also picked the Habs to beat the Rangers, completely unaware what Chris Kreider had up his sleeve.

OK, back in a bit.

(Is that Ratt? It is.)

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Be sure to hit up Manhattan Beach and soak in some rays by the water.

  2. vbcaps - Jun 3, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I think for the rangers to win, Lundqvist has to basically be unbeatable a la Jonathan quick in 2012 or tim Thomas year before that.

  3. joey4id - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Remember that back in Oct JY picked LA over the Rangers to win the cup.

  4. joey4id - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Mike, Jason, I may make it down to LA to see friends and catch a game. I’ll track you guys down to say hi. We can talk hockey if you don’t shoot me on sight. :-)

  5. imleftcoast - Jun 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    You can take the boys out of the basement . . . . There’s a good sushi place (Katsuya) around the corner from the W on Hollywood & Vine – lots of girls you would not see in Vancouver.

    • shamu1the1whale - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      Maybe they’ll see the Kardashians and Kanye there! A Jennifer Lawrence sighting might be better. She was there recently I think.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Winnie Cooper was at the Starbucks. For the other geeks out there.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      You guys are cracking me up. Talk about a geek (me), in Chicago last week, I saw Tim Geithner (former Treasury Secretary) in my hotel lobby. I was thrilled. Seriously.

  6. nbcsportsanalyst - Jun 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Thank god that the A team for NBC is doing the Stanley Cup finals games on TV. The B team doing the western Conference Finals were sub standard. Their commentary was incredibly weak, lacking insight, and befitting a minor league team’s local coverage.

    NBC – Maybe next year just take the CBC feed and get some true professionals on the air.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      I agree 100% (except for the minor league part; even the minor league deserves better).

      The only plus was that I went to games 5 & 7 in Chicago, and didn’t have to listen to Kenny Albert (Marv’s son) and Joe Micheletti.

      Can’t wait to hear Doc Emrick lose his voice as he yells, SCOOOOOOOORRRRREEEEEEE!!!

  7. dannymac17 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Welcome to LA.

  8. blomfeld - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:46 AM


    and before you split, try to take in a round at Chester Washington GC on Western Avenue … the practice putting green there was actually donated by the Jackson 5 ! :)

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