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Kings Gameday: Injuries Are The Key To This Series

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God bless this man.
Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
God bless this man. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

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Vancouver Canucks
@ Los Angeles Kings

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012, 7:30 PM PDT

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Did you know that the Kings used 9 10 players at the left winger position this season?

Dustin Penner
Dustin Brown
Simon Gagne
Mike Richards
Kyle Clifford
Brad Richardson
Ethan Moreau
Scott Parse
Andrei Loktionov
Dwight King (oops!)

Man, the Kings sure have been hurt by injuries at that position. If they lose the series, injuries to their left wingers is going to be a key reason why.

-Drew Doughty is awesome.

-So is Jonathan Quick.

-The Kings had 6 players play 2+ minutes on the power play and 3+ minutes on the penalty kill: Jarret Stoll, Mike Richards, Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Willie Mitchell. Those are the 4 best players on the team... and then Jarret Stoll. (Brown was 9 shorthanded seconds away from making the list.)

-I wonder who Sutter is going to match Kopitar against, Sedin or Kesler. It's funny that 2 years ago Vigneault was actively pursuing a Kopitar-Sedin match-up and now I think he'd run away from that. If I had to guess, I'd say it'll be Kopitar vs. Kesler & Richards vs. Sedin.

-If the Canucks go with Schneider they're fucking dumb. I'd be so pissed if I were Luongo.

Prediction: Kings lose because I'm going and it just makes sense.