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What could possibly stop the Kings?

May 23, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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Twelve wins in 14 playoff games. A perfect 8-0 road record. The Los Angeles Kings are going to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1993, and this time they’re going in juggernaut fashion.

But what, if anything, could trip them up? We’ve come up with three possibilities that don’t include kidnapping Jonathan Quick, kidnapping Anze Kopitar, kidnapping Drew Doughty…basically we’ve ruled out kidnappings.

1. The long week off. Game 1 of the Cup finals isn’t scheduled until next Wednesday, meaning another big break for the Kings. Not that there’s anything wrong with getting some rest – the New York Rangers wouldn’t mind falling into a nice coma for a few days – but too much rest can cause rust. And even though it wasn’t a problem for the Kings after the first or second round, it still could be. Plus, we’re contractually bound as sportswriters to mention stuff like the rust factor.

2. The power play. It’s not good. In fact, it’s awful. Just six goals on 74 chances (8.1%). Yeah, yeah, the 2011 Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup despite a bad power play; however, we’d wager more teams have lost the Cup because they couldn’t convert with the man advantage. For example, the 2011 Vancouver Canucks.

3. Overconfidence. Not to take anything away from the Kings’ spectacular playoff run, but they’ve had quite a few things go their way. First they got a Canucks team without Daniel Sedin for three games. Next up were the Blues, minus goalie Jaroslav Halak the entire series, with Alex Pietrangelo missing one game and playing the rest on a sprained knee. Then came the Phoenix “Just Happy to be Here” Coyotes who didn’t stop basking in the glow of the conference finals until it was too late. Again, I’m not trying to take anything away from the Kings. All I’m doing is calling them lucky SOBs.

Any other reason to think the Kings won’t be waltzing to a championship? Other, of course, than the fact the Rangers and Devils are pretty good teams themselves. Share in the comments section.

  1. mysticfarm1 - May 23, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    1/ Stop paying off the Ref.’s
    2/ Get a Captain that does NOT look like he belongs on Deliverence.
    3/ and pray someone does not run a skate over Browns neck, like he did not knee a opposing player and blow out his knee…..

    • namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      Where did you read he blew out his knee? If you look at the video closely you will see as their bodies were colliding it was shoulder first and his knee came across making contact with the thigh, not the knee.

      think you are spending too much time smoking the mystic at your mystic farm. Brownies lack of teeth is common in hockey. This must have been your first hockey game. Feel free to look around at the rest of the players and the league next year and you will see a lot of missing teeth. Even Gretzky was missing his front teeth and others.

      The refs made bad calls on both sides the whole series. The next time your boys get in a real series they might want to show up for the first two games. If anyone paid the refs it was PHX in the first two rounds.

    • oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      get over it p**sy. you lost. stop complaning. go die in the desert you loser

  2. namriverrat69 - May 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    They will not be overconfident. They know how hard it has been to get here and they are focused on winning the cup.

    The week off had no effect on them before the conference championships. Their power play will click along the way and when it does . . .

    You might want to tie their skate laces together. They will bend but they will not break. They have solid experienced leadership who will lead them. Having 4 solid lines is huge. They can all score goals.


  3. rainyday56 - May 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Maybe Blomfeld will jinx ‘ em.

    • blomfeld - May 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      “Maybe Blomfeld will jinx ‘em ?” …

      Interesting ? When I first came to PHT here back in January, I seem to recall being essentially the only person extolling the potential of our LA Kings ? In fact, I remember many of the kindly remarks such as “nut, jerk, idiot, asshole, loser, freak” and so forth. Well pal, here we are in late May and look who’s playing for the Stanley Cup ? Need we say more ? Anyway, since I’m not one to “kick’em when they’re down”, I’ll instead offer you the following scenario in reply:

      *** at a golf course somewhere next week ***

      pro shop guy: hello sir, how may I help you ?

      rainyday56: listen asshole, I wanna golf here ! … and I wanna golf here now !

      pro shop guy: you don’t say ?

      rainyday56: yeah I “do” say you idiot ! … now which way is it to the first tee ?

      pro shop guy: Guards, kindly show this man to the first tee … “headfirst” !

      rainyday56: what ? … hey man, what’s going on here ? … take it easy !

      Guards: we said shut up ! … KAPOW ! … KABOOM ! … KAZAM !

    • oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      you are a joke

  4. stakex - May 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    What could possibly stop the Kings? Easy…

    1. Henrik Lundqvist
    2. Brad Richards
    3. Ryan McDonagh

    • danphipps01 - May 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      The only one of those three areas the Kings don’t have the Rangers beat in is the Richards category. Theirs is *slightly* worse.

    • Doesnotmatter - May 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      1. Jonathan Quick
      2. Anze Kopitar
      3. Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell, Rob Scuderi, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez

      • Doesnotmatter - May 23, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        I forgot Brad Doty.

    • ron05342 - May 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      Get past the Devils first…which, after tonite, doesn’t look too good.

  5. dabutcha114 - May 23, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Henrik” the King”

  6. capsrockva - May 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Go Devils

  7. dannythebisforbeast - May 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Jeff carter will take the whole team on a 3 day bender, 2 days before the start of the next series.

  8. navzgm - May 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Some of these stupid “reasons” shows that LA still has no respect. It’s almost as if you guys are looking for anything, anything at all negative to say about this team. Granted their PP is terrible, but it’s been like that and their still winning games. As for the long rest, I can see LA having some rust, but I also think they can overcome it f they do, and quickly.

    • danphipps01 - May 23, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      In fairness, nobody took the Bruins seriously (or at least, nobody expected them to challenge Vancouver) until about game three of the finals. Look how that turned out.

    • blomfeld - May 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM


      I agree completely, as this this article is nothing more than a lame attempt to sir the pot. The fact of the matter is that the Los Angeles Kings have crushed the three top teams in the Western Conference ! … say again … the Kings haven’t beaten the three top teams in the Western Conference … they’ve “crushed” them ! Most “real” hockey fans will recall that at the start of the year, the general consensus was that the Stanley Cup winner would be coming from the west this year. Well lo and behold, look what we’ve got now, eh ? :)

      GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. kitshky - May 23, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Simple answer. The LA Kings.

  10. oside760 - May 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    What could possibly stop the Kings??? absolutely no one or nothing is stopping the kings. GO KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. jkaflagg - May 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Just watched Lundquist give up 4 and lose game 5 to the Devils on home ice…..Still respect him as a fine goalkeeper, but he’s definitely not invincible…..If the Devils make it, Brodeur is still a good player, but gives up more softies than he ever has; the tying goal tonight was brutal…..

  12. proudliberal85392 - May 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    I’m a Coyotes fan who attended all 3 games in Phoenix. I came to a conclusion: The Kings are awfully good.

  13. foovana - May 24, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    1. Brodeur
    2. Parise
    3. Kovalchuk
    4. The deepest team in the NHL.

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