Stanley Cup Predictions 2012: Why LA Kings Will Sweep New Jersey Devils

The brooms are going to be out very soon in Los Angeles as the Kings are on their way to a sweep of the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals. There are multiple reasons to believe that a sweep is coming, and the defensive clinic that the Kings are putting on is primary to this sweep.

The Kings are a talented hockey team, and they are much deeper than the Devils. They have a lot of offensive weapons, but what they are doing defensively is incredible. They play a shut-down defensive style that creates turnovers and offensive chances going the other way.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter has them buying into this defensive system, and their ability to prevent goals has them undefeated on the road in the 2012 postseason. The Kings are 9-0 away from home in the playoffs.

The Kings have played in 15 games in the playoffs through Game 1, and they have surrendered two goals or less in 13 out of those 15 games. They have given up three goals only twice. They are in every game they play, and they are also a team that is comfortable playing in tight games.

The Kings have shown that they are comfortable in low-scoring games; that is something that everyone should expect to see the rest of the way in this playoff series. They have trust in their teammates, and that goes a long way to not playing tight.

They also have a great goalie in Jonathan Quick, and he deserves a lot of credit for the Kings’ success as he has compiled a 13-2 win-loss record. To go along with that is a goals-against average of 1.49 and a .946 save percentage.


These are staggering numbers for a goaltender. Quick is the heavy favorite amongst Kings players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the playoff MVP. Quick is a great young goalie and has been dominant in the 2012 playoffs.

Quick loves to play the percentages. He takes away everything down low and makes the shooter beat him wit...

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