NHL Playoffs 2012: Predicting an Unexpeted Western Conference Final

May 11th, 2012 by Jacob Betzner Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings once made an appearance in a Conference Championship series (then called the Campbell Conference) in 1992.  Wayne Gretzky and the Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The original Winnipeg Jets franchise relocated to Glendale, Arizona in 1996, forming the Phoenix Coyotes.  The Coyotes failed to advance past the first round in every playoff appearance before this season since moving to the desert.

Both teams compete for a trip to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final starting next week.

The Kings beat the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games and swept the second-seeded St. Louis Blues in Round 2 as the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick played nothing short of magnificent in both series.  His 1.55 goals against average and .949 save percentage trail only Vancouver's Cory Schneider's numbers for the postseason.

Team captain Dustin Brown erupted for six goals and five assists between the two series to help his team advance.  More balanced scoring aided the Kings with 15 different players scoring at least one goal.< ...

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