The Kings aren’t necessarily superstitious — but they are a little stitious.
Before the team’s 2019-20 home opener, Los Angeles decided to cover up a Taylor Swift banner that has been hanging in Staples Center since August 2015 and has been deemed a jinx for the team over the last few seasons.
After going 1-2 on three road trips to start the season, the Kings managed a 7-4 win over the Predators in their first game on home ice this season and are officially 1-0 in L.A. with the banner covered up.
The Los Angeles Kings covered up a banner commemorating Taylor Swift before Saturday’s home opener against the Nashville Predators.
The banner, which lauded Swift for having the most sold-out performances at the arena, won’t be removed entirely but will continue to be covered up pic.twitter.com/tUSrTV7qWD
— Taylor Swift Facts (@blessedswifty) October 13, 2019
We are undefeated when the Taylor Swift banner is covered up!
— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) October 13, 2019
Los Angeles has Stanley Cup wins in 2012 and ’14 but failed failed to pass the first round of the playoffs in its two return trips to the postseason in 2015-16 and 2017-18. Last season, things took a turn for the worst, as Los Angeles finished dead-last in the Pacific Division and Western Conference, as well as second-to-last in the NHL.
“The connection to our fans is our highest priority and through our engagement, they have made it clear that the banner shouldn’t be part of their Kings game experience,” Michael Altieri, the Kings’ senior VP of marketing, communications and content, told the Los Angeles Times. “We didn’t see an issue in covering it for our games and in fact see it as an opportunity to show our fans that we hear them.”
Whether this will translate to a better result for the Kings isn’t clear; the trick will be put to the test again as Los Angeles faces the Golden Knights — the last team they faced in a playoff setting — on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.
Regardless, it appears the Kings and Swift have some bad blood.