I thought it would be about time to put together a post for the Kings.
You haven't heard from me about them since they climbed Shark Mountain and conquered the ravenous beast of the sea.
They had fought and persevered to come back from a 3 to 0 deficit. Now, they find themselves at another crossroads. They are down 3 games to 2 to the Ducks down south, and find themselves at another do or die situation.
Will the Kings muster up the will (and enough goals) to force a Game 7? Only time will tell.
What I do know is that I believe they have the ability to get the job done. I believe that they have yet to play their best game. And, I believe we'll get their best game tonight.
The game starts at 6:30 this evening, and I'll be there with my voice ready to go coarse - either that or I'll be coarse, depending on the outcome.
The Kings are not expected to make any dramatic changes to their lineup; although there have been reports of a possible defensive change. Frankly, I don't think it would be wise to use a younger blueliner or the hobbled Mitchell.
All the Kings have to do is stick to their game. They were the best defensive team in the league this past season, so they need to continue playing their brand of tough-checking, corner-grinding, puck-cycling and crease-clearing hockey that they are best known for. Forget trying to skate with the Ducks. Instead, they need to stymie them, and make them pay for coming into the slot.
Below is a good pregame preview put together by the NHL. Take a look.
And, here is an excellent playoff series montage to get your heart racing.
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