NHL Playoffs 2012: Will Anyone Slow Down the Los Angeles Kings?

They're the hottest team in the NHL, and they chose the most opportune time to catch fire.

The Los Angeles Kings are 7-1 in this year's playoffs. After bulldozing past the Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in five games, the Kings are on the verge of sweeping the St. Louis Blues.

For the first time since the post-Magic Johnson era when Wayne Gretzky was lighting it up at the Forum in Inglewood, Los Angeles sports fans have a better chance of seeing their hockey team win a title than the Los Angeles Lakers. 

And this is definitely something to get excited about. 

The Kings have looked untouchable. 

They're physical, they have unbelievable goaltending, and for the first time all season, they're starting to score goals.

Coming into the playoffs, everyone knew the Kings had great goaltending with Jonathan Quick. If they were going to make any kind of run in the playoffs, he was going to have to stand on his hand and play superb hockey.

However, the Kings are playing more like the team everyone expected them to play like before the season started. Their acquisition of Mike Richards last summer was supposed to provide a scoring punch to a team that has been known more for their defense. 

This was supposed to propel them to Stanley Cup-contender status.

But their offense never clicked until late in the season. The acquisition of Jeff Carter definitely helped, as it gave the Kings two dangerous lines they can roll out during games.

Their goal totals went up in the last month of the season, and it's carried on to the playoffs.

The Kings may be a No. 8 seed, but that's probably one of the biggest misnomers in NHL history. They're one of the most dangerous teams in this year's playoffs. The only question surrounding this team was if they were ever going to be able to put the puck in the net. 

Now that they've ma...

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