Los Angeles Kings: Possible Stanley Cup 2012 Champions?

Four teams remain in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, the New York Rangers, and the New Jersey Devils. While the Rangers face the Devils, the Kings face the Coyotes in Conference finals. So far, the Kings lead the series 3-0, and the Rangers lead the Devils 2-1. There is much at stake for all the teams because they are so close to the final round of playoffs. The team that has been the biggest surprise in the playoffs are the LA Kings, beating the Canucks 4-1 and sweeping the Blues 4-0. Many people believe that two teams left to face off for the Stanley Cup will be the Kings and Rangers. The Kings have a very high chance of winning the Stanley Cup for many reasons.

photo credit: Marianne O’Leary

The Los Angeles Kings have made an immense amount of progress during the Stanley Cup playoffs this year. They astounded their fans and many others by beating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round 4-1. Many people thought the Kings would be eliminated immediately, but they played their best and won the series. The Canucks clinched the top spot in the Western Conference, while the Kings got 8th place. The Kings had a very low chance of beating the Canucks because at the moment the Canucks were one of the best teams in the league. After beating the Canucks, the Kings moved on to play the St. Louis Blues who were second in the Western Conference. The Blues, playing well all season, had a very good chance of beating the Kings. Taking everyone by surprise again, the Kings swept the Blues by winning 4-0. Now the Kings move on to play the Phoenix Coyotes, a very talented team that was 3rd in the Western Conference. So far, they have played three games and the Kings have won all of them. The Kings definitely have what it takes to win the Stanley Cup this year. The Kings have a very excellent goalie, Jonathan Quick. Quick led the league in shutouts during the regular season and has a save percentage of 0.948%. He has only allowed more than two goals in a game once this season. The Kings have not lost a game on the road yet during playoffs and they have only lost once during the entire playoffs. They have very good offensive players such as Mike Richards, Dustin Brown, and Anze Kopitar. The team has scored four or more goals in six out of eleven playoff games. The Kings need to keep up their excellent goaltending and quality offensive play so they can win the Stanley Cup this year.

Many teams have been eliminated in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but the LA Kings continue to excel. They have beaten the two best teams in the Western Conference and lead the series against the Coyotes 3-0. Coming from the worst seed in the West, the Kings have astonished many people. The Los Angeles Kings have a very high chance of winning the Stanley Cup this year because of their excellent goaltending and very productive offensive players that produce many goals.


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