NHL Playoffs 2012: L.A. Kings Will Close Out Overmatched Coyotes in Game 5

May 22nd, 2012 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings have toyed with the Phoenix Coyotes for long enough; now it's time to put this team to sleep for good.

After taking the first three games from the Coyotes, and outscoring them 10-3 in the process, the Kings faltered in Game 4. They were blanked by Mike Smith, who was absolutely outstanding for Phoenix with 36 saves.

Unfortunately for the Coyotes, a shutout performance from Smith is about the only way they can survive in this series. I predict the rest of this series will equate to just one more game, as the Kings are too good not to put away their opponents in Game 5. 

The Kings and their young core are ready to march into the Stanley Cup Finals. They were careless with the puck their last time out, as evidenced by their 11 giveaways, but that won't happen tonight.

It's an issue that has reared its head during this series, but in other games, the Kings have applied so much pressure they have overcome their miscues. I expect that to happen again in Game 5.

The Coyotes fans will be up in arms in an attempt to spur their team to victory on home ice, but the Kings are destined for the final ...

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