Stanley Cup Finals: 5 Best L.A. Kings in the Finals
The Los Angeles Kings have been arguably the best No. 8 seed in the history of postseason sports. They are 15-2 in the playoffs, and an unbelievable 10-0 on the road.
The Kings currently hold a 3-0 lead on the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals, with Game 4 tonight in L.A. It would seem that with the confidence they have right now, and the fact that they're at home, the Kings will hoist Lord Stanley's Cup tonight.
The entire team has played extremely well, and have brought excitement to a city that has thought about nothing but basketball for a long time. Here are five players who have done the most.
#5: Defensemen Matt Greene
Matt Greene has done a good job on the defensive side the entire series, helping to shut down the scoring of New Jersey's Kovalchuk and Parise. The assistant captain is averaging just over 17 minutes per game, and has a plus/minus of plus-two.
Greene has yet to make any real mistakes, and his defensive unit as a team has only allowed two goals in three games to the usually powerful New Jersey offense.
Greene was listed as the third star of Game 3, where the Kings shut out the Devils 4-0. Look for Greene to have a big impact locking down the scoring of the Devils tonight in Game 4.
#4: Right Winger Justin Williams
Williams heated up in Game 3, where he had a goal and an assist in the Kings' 4-0 win in L.A. Williams has played extremely well on the top line, and he finally got the points for it.
Williams also had a crucial assist on the overtime game winner from Anze Kopitar in Game 1. He is averaging about 19 minutes of ice time, and he is making the most of it.
Expect nothing less than what he has shown so far in tonight's Game 4 in L.A. There is no doubt that Williams will want to hoist the Cup at home with his teammates.
#3: Defensemen Drew Doughty
Doughty has been the best defenseman in the playoffs, including the Stanley Cup Finals.
Doughty has a goal and two assists with a plus/minus of plus-three in the three games so far. His defense has been just as good if not better than his offense, shutting down the top line of New Jersey.
He is averaging a little less than 28 minutes of ice time per game, which he is sure to get again tonight as the Kings go for the sweep.
Doughty is definitely in contention for the Conn Smythe Trophy, which goes to the postseason MVP.
#2: Center Anze Kopitar
Kopitar has been lights out this postseason, in which he is tied for the lead in goals with eight, points with 18, and plus/minus with a plus-15.
He has continued to star in the Finals, with two goals, one of which was the overtime breakaway winner in Game 1. He has an assist and plus-three plus/minus to go along with his goals, and has been one of the three stars of the game in two of the three games.
Expect Kopitar to continue to play at an extremely high level in Game 4, in which he has a chance to hoist the Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
#1: Goalie Jonathan Quick
Jonathan Quick has been the best goalie in the postseason by far. His .950 save percentage and 1.36 are technically both second best behind Vancouver's Cory Schneider, but Schneider only played three games in the first round, two of which were losses to Quick and the Kings.
Quick has not slowed down at all in the Finals, stopping 70 of the 72 shots he has faced for a stingy .972 save percentage. This included two overtime games in which he only allowed a goal a piece. In Game 3 Quick had the 4-0 shutout, his third of the postseason.
Quick has been stellar in goal all playoffs, and doesn't look to be slowing down now that it's at the end. Quick is definitely the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy at this point.
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