|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on May 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM|
The Los Angeles Kings haven't done much wrong in these playoffs. In fact, they've compiled an 11-2 record against the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds so far and have never trailed a series. With a win tonight, they're heading to the Stanley Cup.
That said, they have shown one very distinct weakness: the power play. With the man advantage in this postseason, Darryl Sutter's group is an unbelievable 6-for-70. That's good for just an 8.6 percent success rate. To put it in perspective, only Chicago posted a worse success rate in these playoffs.
So just how big of an issue is this for the Kings? On the one hand, Boston won the Stanley Cup last year with an anemic power play that clicked just 11.4 percent of the time, so it can certainly be overcome. And LA has proven it can win in other ways. On the other hand, however, it's tough to throw away opportunities while making a push for the Stanley Cup. Even if the quantity of goals isn't great, timely scoring with the man advantage can be invaluable.
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After reading the above report it is clear that LA's weakness is their power-play. However, by no means have they had to rely on this aspect. This team has cruised through the playoffs thus far, and the magic of it all is that the power-play could be the Kings most dangerous weapon in the Stanley Cup Final.My money is on the Los Angeles Kings to win the Stanley Cup. Especially, if this is the only weakness the experts at ESPN could find. Los Angeles was 29th in the National Hockey League in goals for per game. Nobody, is to concern about that now. This team has the personnel that finds ways to win and I believe that will continue to the end.