NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons the Phoenix Coyotes Are Done If They Lose Game 1

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons the Phoenix Coyotes Are Done If They Lose Game 1
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These NHL playoffs have shown that anything is possible. So when someone suggests that a team could lose a series if it loses Game 1 of a seven-game series, I understand where some people might have some questions.

Having said that, the Phoenix Coyotes are going to need another miracle on Sunday night (and throughout the Western Conference finals in general) if they hope to knock off the Los Angeles Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings have been playing a "downhill" style of hockey. Picture a snowball, dropped from the top of a snowy mountain and rolling down the hill.

By the time it gets to the bottom, there's nothing that can be done to slow it down.

The Phoenix Coyotes need to deter the Kings before they can ever get into their downhill style of game.

Still not convinced that the Coyotes are underdogs for the third series in a row?

Here are five reasons why the Coyotes should pack it in if they lose Game 1.

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