Kings vs. Coyotes: Keys to L.A. Putting Phoenix Down 0-2 in Western Finals

May 15th, 2012 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »
In what is one of the unlikeliest Western Conference Finals in recent memory, the No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes and No. 8 Los Angeles Kings are doing battle to determine the left coast's representative in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Kings jumped out to a 1-0 series lead, so the Coyotes are sure to be desperate in Game 2 on home ice. Los Angeles has already conquered the top-two seeds in the conference and is already well on its way to taking out the No. 3 seed, as well.

If L.A. is going to put the Coyotes' collective backs against the wall, though, there's plenty that must be done.

Here are the three biggest keys to the Kings getting past the Coyotes in Game 2 and putting them in a hole that may be too big to climb out of.


Jonathan Quick Must Come Up Big

Although he was a bit shaky early in the Kings' 4-2 victory in Game 1, Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick is the biggest reason why the Kings have gotten as far as they have.

Not only is he a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy thanks to his 35 wins, 1.95 goals against average and 10 shutouts during the regular season, but Quick has been domi ...

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