The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will have a Bob Miller mini-statue giveaway night Jan. 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Staples Center. This special promotion is brought to you by Mercury Insurance.
Miller was the Kings play-by-play man from 1973-2017. Earlier this year, a statue of Miller was unveiled outside Staples Center.
In Kings promotional news, the Los Angeles Kings and the American Sports Entertainment Company have announced they have decided to invest in the Pickwick Ice Facility. The arena, which will be renamed the LA Kings Ice at Pickwick Gardens, will have a three-phase alteration and rebranding. It is home to the California Golden Bears youth hockey club and the Los Angeles Figure Skating Club.
The Kings meanwhile were extremely impressive in their last game on Dec. 18, a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, currently the top team in the Western Conference. Austin Wagner had a two goal game for the first time in his National Hockey League career. He also notched two points (one goal and one assist) in a 7-3 Kings loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 21.
The Kings will be facing another elite team in the NHL on Jan. 3. The Lightning have the best record in the NHL at the moment at 27 wins, seven regulation losses and two losses in extra time for 56 points. They have also scored a NHL best 148 goals. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in points with 52. He is third in the NHL in points behind two Colorado Avalanche first line players-- Mikko Rantanen (58 points) and Nathan MacKinnon (55 points). On Dec. 20, the Lightning continued to score. They delivered an impressive come-from-behind 5-4 shootout win over the Pacific Division leading Calgary Flames. It was also an impressive performance by Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue, who made some high quality saves in overtime and in the shootout, which lasted seven rounds when J.T. Miller scored on Flames goaltender David Rittich.
The Kings leading scorer at the moment is Anze Kopitar, who has 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists). Dustin Brown leads the team with nine goals and Drew Doughty leads the Kings with 17 assists.
Get your tickets to see the Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 3 at the Staples Center today.