Looking at some of the hockey news clearing houses, a lot of folks seem to have already moved well beyond being engaged watching this years finals. That's a shame. Given the predictions by more then a few to see LA right where they are right now, I don't think anyone can call this a Cinderella story. They had to work hard to get into the playoffs and catch their stride, but now that they have done so, I really do believe they are the best team in the West this year.
For a few years now, LA has been that team that has talent, has some size, has some grit that fails despite. Not only did they change the coach, who really doesn't have a different philosophy then his predecessor, but they took a gamble on trading some pieces and absorbing some cap hit. On paper, this is already a very tough looking team, but on the ice, a shift has occurred and they work their ass off in every zone. Quick is hot, there is no mistaking that. But between him and Brodeur, it is the team in front of them that is winning or losing the games. Right now, the Kings look to have no weakness that is exploitable for more then one goal.
Seeing Fraser out there and having a friend out here on my beer league team has given me enough interest to jump on the Kings wagon. That aside, the Kings stand poised to run the table with a stunning 16-2 record. That's incredible. Since we've already decided our upcoming season is an abject failure because Stan doesn't consult us, it's nice to have something to be excited about tomorrow. I hope I don't jinx it, but if the Kings do win, it should be something we all celebrate because it will show that in the end, the stifling bullshit, whining and diving douchebaggery of certain teams will not trump a hungry team that rolls four lines and doesn't relent. Good luck Kings.