Stanley Cup 2012: Keys to a Los Angeles Kings Victory in Game 1

May 26th, 2012 by Austin Green Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles Kings ripped through the NHL's Western Conference, but a feisty and capable New Jersey Devils squad still stands between them and Lord Stanley's Cup.

Like the Kings, the Devils are entering the Stanley Cup Final with a hot goaltender, some high scoring wingers and a dramatic overtime victory immediately in their rear-view mirror.

They certainly won't be an easy out, and I'm expecting them to take Los Angeles at least to six games, a feat that none of L.A.'s Western Conference foes could accomplish.

That being said, I love the Kings' chances. They're playing out of their minds right now, and as lame as it sounds, it seems as though they're destined to win the Cup.

They can also do themselves a favor by completing the following keys and seizing their fourth-straight 1-0 series lead.


Score on Power Plays

In the mold of last year's Boston Bruins, the Kings have improbably made it this far despite being terrible on power plays.

They've scored just six power-play goals on 74 opportunities (8.1 percent), second worst of all teams that made the postseason. At home, the Kings are i ...

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