Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues: 5 Keys for Kings to Win the 1st Round

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Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues: 5 Keys for Kings to Win the 1st Round
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The first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs are set, and the Los Angeles Kings will be taking on a familiar foe in the upper-seeded St. Louis Blues.

With the Kings finishing in fifth place, the Blues will have a home-ice advantage for the series, but it doesn't change the fact that the Blues have struggled against the Kings for the past two seasons.

In addition to the dominant 4-0 sweep in last year's playoffs, the Kings have won nine of the last 10 regular-season matchups with the Blues. However, the Kings shouldn't take the Blues lightly, and they will still need to execute some important keys to take the series. 

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