Did anyone expect the LA Kings to upset the Vancouver Canucks? We did here at Pucking Hockey, that’s for sure. We have always said the Canucks were not built to win a Stanley Cup and the Sedin sisters are way too soft to win the big game. The same could actually be said about the San Jose Sharks, I fully expect them to clean house this offseason. But that’s over with now, let’s talk about these LA Kings.
Last offseason I ranted about how dangerous this LA team was going to be and although they slacked off all season they still made it into the playoffs. And as the old saying goes “Just get into the Playoffs”. These LA Kings are living by that statement and proving it’s meaning.
Although the St Louis Blues have impressed us all season long and thus far in the playoffs, they ran over a Sharks team that was also not cut out to win in the playoffs. The Kings on the other hand did beat the number one overall seeded NHL team and deserve more credit for doing so.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick’s back has to be hurting after that series for carrying the Kings pretty much every game. Which he will be doing past the Blues all the way to the Stanley Cup.
The problem with the Kings though is, Jeff Carter needs to wake the puck up and start helping his goalie out. He’s finally on a team where goaltending is not an issue, the issue is now him. The Blues are not that big of a scoring power house which gives the advantage to the Kings. They have scoring weapons for example: Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Penner, and Dustin Brown.
If the Kings can get these guys going, which I believe they will, they will march right through the Blues and whoever else stands in their way of winning the Stanley Cup.
Not taking anything away from the Blues, but they will have a tougher time scoring on the Kings, scoring and beat the Sharks was a warm up series for them, it was way too easy.
Series Prediction: LA Kings to win the Series in six games.
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