NHL Playoffs: Is There Any Team That Can Stop the LA Kings?

Every year during the Stanley Cup run there is always one team that stands out as the team to beat. So far this year that team is the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings are poised to make their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993. The biggest difference between their last run and this one, other than Wayne Gretzky, is how well they are playing.

So far this postseason the Kings have been unstoppable, and there doesn't look to be a team remaining that could, in fact, stop the Kings from raising the Cup for the first time in franchise history.

Their opponent in the Western Finals, the Phoenix Coyotes, has been a tough team for their previous opponents. They have relied on solid defensive plays and their goaltender Mike Smith, which worked well against Chicago and Nashville.

The Kings seem to have figured them out, taking advantage of the Coyotes' stay-at-home style that tries to capitalize on opponents' mistakes.

The Kings are making few mistakes and are simply outplaying the Coyotes. Unlike Chicago or Nashville, the Kings are also not finding an issue scoring on Mike Smith, who otherwise has been solid in net for Phoenix.

The Kings are looking better and better with each game, which leaves one to wonder if anyone can stop them from winning the Cup.

Phoenix is already becoming an afterthought for many fans, which leaves either the Devils or the Rangers as the only obstacle in the way. Yet it is doubtful either team will have what it takes to stop LA.

The New Jersey Devils are the underdogs of the East. Having fought a tough series against Florida, they dispatched the favoured Flyers in five games.

For the Devils it has been a huge team effort, with the uncertainty of Martin Brodeur's future this team seems set on winning one last Cup for him. However, the question remains if Brodeur has enough stamina left to make it to ...

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