The Kings are headed in the right direction if they want to defends their championship. Tonight is Game 1 of the second round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they will face-off against the division rival San Jose Sharks. This series figures on being a rough and tumble affair, although likely not as physical as the Kings previous match-up against the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks are a skilled team with more options to score than the Blues, so I expect that there will be more room to make plays on both ends of the ice for both teams. Hopefully, this will allow the Kings stars to inflict some offensive damage.
I think the key in this series will be puck possession and face-offs. The more one team can control the play will dictate who will win- of course, that isn't all that surprising. I will, though make a surprising prediction. Young rookie winger and highly touted prospect Tyler Toffoli will be huge for us. His time has come to show the hockey world that he is the real deal. Even as he plays on the 4th line he'll find ways to confuse, perplex and score against the Sharks.
I'll be going to tonights game with my uniform on and my voice prepared to go hoarse. If you happen to be near Section 315 you will no doubt hear me.... Let me restate that, you will no doubt hear my seat neighbor - affectionately known as Surly. We'll be rooting and screaming in hopes of willing the Kings to victory.
Go Kings Go!
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