NHL Playoffs: 8 Reasons Los Angeles Kings Have Emerged as Stanley Cup Favorites

The Los Angeles Kings have come a long way since edging out the Calgary Flames for the eighth and final playoff spot back in early April.

The Kings knocked off the St. Louis Blues by a 3-1 score in Game 4 to finish a sweep of the Blues and send the Kings to their first Western Conference Finals since the Wayne Gretzky era.

But the Kings don't look to be stopping any time soon, and they have done something that no other eighth seed in NHL playoff history has done: knock off the top seed and the second seed in their conference in the same playoff season.

But "beating" the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the same playoff season doesn't even come close to explaining what the Kings actually did.

They won eight out of nine games and are looking like a far cry from the second-worst offensive team that we saw in the regular season.

Here are eight reasons why the eighth-seeded Kings are suddenly Stanley Cup favorites.

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