Hockey scholars posed two questions after the first games of the Western and Eastern Conference finals.
The Phoenix Coyotes failed to answer the first: Can any team slow down the Kings? Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick shut out the Coyotes in Game 2 while forward Jeff Carter tripled his postseason goal production with a hat trick.
The New Jersey Devils answered the second: Can any Devil player score on Henrik Lundqvist? Indeed. Devils' forward Ilya Kovalchuk sent a wicked wrister over the glove side shoulder of Lundqvist to open the scoring of a 3-2 New Jersey victory in Game 2.
The Kings are hotter than Kate Upton's last photo shoot, losing only one playoff game in 11 tries and outscoring the snake-bitten Coyotes 7-2 through the first two games of the Western Conference finals.
Many considered the Rangers a favorite to lift the Cup before the puck even dropped on the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Despite a postseason littered with bad losses, the Rangers remain a favorite to move on to the East vs. West showdown.
A Rangers vs. Kings Stanley Cup Final seems almost hard not to imagine at this juncture. However, in the words of award-winning country musician Darius Rucker, "Anything's possible."