Western Conference Final Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference Final
I'm finally going to jump on the Kings Bandwagon. In the first round, I thought a much deeper Canucks team would make quick work (no pun intended) of Los Angeles. In the second round, I thought the Blues were going to match up with them in goaltending and beat them with defense and a system that had led to all their success so far. But it wasn't meant to be. The Blues have absolutely decimated the top two teams in the west, and there's really no reason why they can't do the same with team #3.
Of course, the same could be said about the Phoenix Coyotes. While I picked the Coyotes to defeat the Blackhawks in the first round, but I did so as an upset. In round two, I picked the Predators -- literally everyone did. But I really don't think it's a matter of everyone underestimating an underrated team. I truly don't understand why the Coyotes are here. Yes, there's Mike Smith, Dave Tippett and their responsible play, but it really doesn't make any sense to me.