2012 NHL Playoffs: Barriers Between the Los Angeles Kings and the Stanley Cup

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Barriers Between the Los Angeles Kings and the Stanley Cup
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When the Los Angeles Kings were seeded at No. 8 and set to play the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, no one could have predicted the upset. In fact, this year's Los Angeles Kings are the tenth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 team since the playoffs were set this way following the 1994 - the first to do it in less than six games.

The Kings burst into Vancouver taking a 3-0 lead over the Presidents Cup winners, only to close out the series in five. 

The Kings match-up very well with St. Louis because of their similar styles of play as both teams like to clamp down defensively if they achieve the coveted early lead.

The major difference is the fact that the Blues rode out their two solid goaltenders all season, whereas the Kings utilize a strong defense anchored by arguably the best goaltender in the league in Jonathan Quick and future Captain Drew Doughty. 

The Kings have played nothing short of amazing so far and are clearly playing the best hockey out of the Western Conference.

Here is the complete Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup profile...

 

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