5 NHL Teams That Can Be the Next Los Angeles Kings

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5 NHL Teams That Can Be the Next Los Angeles Kings
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The Los Angeles Kings have surprised the National Hockey League with their ascent from the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Even more surprising has been the dominating fashion by which Los Angeles has come within one game of winning the Stanley Cup.

Los Angeles has a strong young core of players who could continue this dominance over the league if they stay together. The Kings have a goaltender in Jonathan Quick who looks like the NHL’s best heading into 2012-13.

There are a few other teams who could match the kind of success the Kings have achieved lately: either spontaneous or dominating. Some such teams have already showed promise, while others could show promise next season with strong enough play to sneak into the postseason.

Let’s take a look at five teams who could be the Los Angeles Kings of 2012-13.

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