Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Why the Kings Are Locks to Win the Stanley Cup

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Why the Kings Are Locks to Win the Stanley Cup
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The Los Angeles Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes Tuesday night and appear unstoppable.

The No. 8 seeded Kings have not broken a sweat in any of their series so far, winning all series in five games or less.

They have taken out the top three seeds in the Western Conference and now wait to face either the New York Rangers or New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.

However, it isn't going to matter who they face because the Kings are going to win no matter who the opponent is.

It all starts in goal for the Kings with Jonathan Quick. We've seen teams in past NHL playoffs ride a hot goalie in a playoff run, and that is exactly what Quick has been for the Kings.

Quick leads all goalies in postseason play with 12 wins and only trails Canucks goalie Cory Schneider in save percentage and goals allowed a game.

However, Quick's .946 save percentage and 1.54 average goals allowed are much more impressive when considering Schneider played in just three games this postseason.

The matchup in the Western Conference Finals featured arguably the two hottest goaltenders in the NHL in Quick and Mike Smith, and it was Quick who showed he was the best goalie on the ice throughout the series.

While Quick has been dominant, he has had help from his offense.

Forward Dustin Brown has been playing unbelievable in this postseason and carried the Kings attack.

He is tied for the lead in points and goals scored with the remaining players this postseason and trails just Claude Giroux in points scored for all players this postseason.

He didn't record a point in just one game in the Coyotes series. That came in Game 4 which the Kings lost.

The 27-year-old has been key for the Kings, and when he makes plays on offense they are tough to beat.

The duo of Quick and Brown is the best goalie-forward tandem left in the playoffs and will be enough to carry them to the Stanley Cup.

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