The Los Angeles Kings couldn't have a bigger mental edge going into this series.
The Kings dominated this matchup during the regular season and in the playoffs last year. In the 2012 postseason, the St. Louis Blues turned in a docile performance after they were feared for their physical prowess and intimidation. The Kings turned the lion into a cub in the span of four short games.
The Kings have essentially the same roster as 2012, and they need that same mentality. They have the upper hand mentally against St. Louis, and it won't take much for them to impose that "you won't beat us at our game" feeling.
St. Louis stands to lose a lot mentally in this series, and determination for revenge could turn into doubt and futility quickly if the Kings get out on the right foot and dominate the Blues.
This series has the feeling that if it doesn't go four or five in favor of the Kings, it will go seven in favor of the team with the fewest bruised, broken and bloodied players.