NHL Playoffs 2012: Kings and Coyotes Will Provide Thrilling Series

May 8th, 2012 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »
So much for favorites in the 2012 NHL playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes, set to square off in the Western Conference finals, have exploded in the postseason, becoming legitimate contenders for the Stanley Cup. The Kings are the eighth seed in the West. The Coyotes had the third-fewest points in the conference headed into the playoffs.

The Coyotes have gotten to where they are now by beating the Chicago Blackhawks in six games and defeating the heavily-favored Nashville Predators in five games. The series victory against the Blackhawks could have been predicted after the red-hot Coyotes won their last five games of the regular season.

Beating the Predators, however, was a complete surprise, and they did so in convincing fashion.

The Kings, on the other hand, weren't even supposed to be in the picture. They went 5-2-3 in their final 10 regular-season games and scored the fewest points in the West. Yet, they ran through the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues en route to the conference finals. They swept the Blues, who some had winning the whole thing.

It all adds up to what is sure to be a thrillin ...

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