Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils: Why LA Will Dominate Rest of Series

The Los Angeles Kings have dominated their opponents in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.  The Kings entered the playoffs with a chip on their shoulder as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. 

In the first series, the Kings made it look easy against the Presidents’ Trophy winners, the Vancouver Canucks.  The Presidents’ Trophy, of course, goes to the team who earned the most points during the National Hockey League regular season. 

Since then, the boys from Hollywood have not looked back, sweeping the St. Louis Blues in the second round and beating the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-1, in the Western Conference finals.

In the Stanley Cup Finals, the Kings meet the New Jersey Devils, who came from the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.  The Devils needed double-overtime in Game 7 to sneak by the Florida Panthers in Round 1, outplayed a Philadelphia Flyers team in Round 2 and beat the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference—the New York Rangers—4-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Both squads overcame more talented teams on paper to reach the championship round.  The Kings’ quest, though, is much more impressive.  Including last night’s win, 2-1 (OT), over New Jersey in Game 1 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, Los Angeles has only lost two games in these playoffs and zero on the road.

Considering the manner by which Los Angeles has become the best in the West, the Kings will win their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

Let’s take a look at how the Kings have truly become the monarchs of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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