The Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League will have a special eSports night at the Staples Center on Jan. 10 when they host the Ottawa Senators. The Kings will be honoring the LA Valiant, one of the 20 teams in the Overwatch League.
The Valiant is one of two teams in the Overwatch League based in Los Angeles. The other is the Los Angeles Gladiators. In 2018, the Valiant finished in second place in the overall standings with a record of 27 wins and 13 losses for 54 points. They only trailed the New York Excelsior, who had 68 points. In stage three, the Valiant finished in third place with a record of seven wins and three losses and in stage four, the Valiant had a record of nine wins and one loss. In the stage three playoffs, the Valiant lost three games to none to the Excelsior, and in the stage four playoffs, the Valiant beat the Gladiators three games to two in the semifinals before beating the Excelsior three games to one in the finals. The Overwatch semi-finals took place from July 18-21 with the Valiant losing two games to none to the London Spitfire in the semifinal. The Spitfire then beat the Philadelphia Fusion two games to none in the grand finals.
Six Valiant players played in the Overwatch League All-Star Game in 2018. They were Brady Girardi (Agilities), Scott Kennedy (Custa), Koo Pan-seung (Fate), Park Young-seo (Kariv), Terence Tarlier (Soon) and Indy Halpern (Space). Tarlier is now with Paris Eternal.
The Kings meanwhile had an extremely productive weekend as they won back-to-back overtime games in San Jose and Las Vegas. On Dec. 22, the Kings had two goals (including the overtime winner) from Ilya Kovalchuk in a 3-2 Kings win over the Sharks. Alex Iafallo also had a multi-point game as he notched one goal and one assist for two points. In the Kings win over the Golden Knights on Dec. 23, Tyler Toffoli scored the overtime winner from Oscar Fantenberg at 1:40 of the extra period.
The Kings currently are on a three-game winning streak (the longest current streak in the Western Conference) and have improved their record to 14 wins, 20 regulation losses and three losses in extra time for 31 points. The Senators have a record of 15 wins, 18 regulation losses and four losses in extra time for 34 points. The Kings' leading scorer at the present moment is Anze Kopitar, who has eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points. The Senators' leading scorer is Mark Stone, who has 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points.
In Kings promotional news, The Ellen Show executive producer Andy Lassner will be the celebrity guest of honor for Hockey Night in Los Angeles when the Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 29 (Tickets). A Colombian, Lassner has worked as an executive producer on the Ellen Show since 2003 and previously worked on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.
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