Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Are The Kings And Coyotes On A Collision Course?

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing. Since the puck dropped nearly a month ago, there has been big plays, controversial calls and and upsets galore. The biggest surprise at this point of the playoffs has to be the play of the Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Both teams have done their share of spoiling the hopes of usual Stanley Cup big guns. In the first round, the Kings disposed of the number one seeded Vancouver Canucks in five games, and the Coyotes handled the Chicago Blackhawks in a thrilling six game series.

Many questioned if the two teams could carry over their successes into the second round. Those critiques have gotten their answer. Both the Kings and Coyotes now hold 2-0 series leads over the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators respectively, and have looked good in doing so.

Both teams will have the opportunity to put a strangle hold on their series in their next games, the Coyotes tomorrow night in Nashville and the Kings Thursday night in Los Angeles.

A win by both the Coyotes and Kings in their next games would make an all-Pacific-Division Western Conference Finals close to an inevitable match up, and how great it would be.

The drive from Staples Center in Los Angeles to Jobing.com Arena in Phoenix is just under six hours, and a flight between the two is about an hour long. This distance would be a prime opportunity for fans to travel and invade the barns of their division rivals, especially those Kings fans that may want to benefit from the Coyotes' ticket prices.

This pairing would do wonders for the teams as well. An hour flight is much more appealing than the two to three hour flights that would await the teams if they were to face the Blues or Predators in the next round. Evening the advantage the Eastern Conference usually benefits from, due to the close proximity of the teams could make a big difference in rest the teams have going into the finals.

But nonetheless, the playoffs are about as predictable as Ilya Bryzgalov's goaltending, so this could all evaporate over the next few days, but one can hope. 

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