Over the last two seasons the St. Louis Blues have gone to war twice with the Los Angeles Kings during the playoffs. Both times the boys in blue came out on the short end of a hard fought series. Anything can happen in the wide open Western Conference, but would anyone be surprised to see these two teams ran into each other for the third straight year?
Both teams are among the top squads in the West, and the odds seem good that they’ll square off somewhere down the line in the postseason. The Anaheim Ducks might have something to say about that, but the Blues don’t have a built-in familiarity with Anaheim. At least not like they do with L.A.
There’s no reason to pretend like another playoff matchup between the Kings and Blues wouldn’t be close. It would be, but the Blues are more equipped to take on the Kings than just about any other team in the NHL. General manager Doug Armstrong seems to know that he’ll his team to get by L.A. to make it to the Stanley Cup Final, and he’s built the Blues to be able to do that over the last two seasons.
Here’s five reasons why the Blues shouldn’t sweat the Kings as the march towards the playoffs begins.
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