Today the conference finals start for the NHL and more so in the west, the goalie position for both teams is their most valuable player and is the main reason why they both got so far. Without a good goalie like Jonathan Quick, the Los Angeles Kings who has played out of his mind for the last two seasons, and while this year wasn’t as impressive as last year, then again last year he had arguably one of the greatest regular seasons in NHL history.
The biggest problem last season for the Kings until the playoffs was that they struggled to have an offensive attack then suddenly they woke up and made NHL history by being the first team to win the Stanley Cup as an eight seed. It wasn’t just luck, the Kings beat teams down convincingly in each of the four rounds.
That being said, the Chicago Blackhawks had an amazingly hot streak to start this lockout shortened season as they didn’t have a loss in regulation for 24 games, which was half of the season and nearly clinched a playoff spot once this streak was snapped. The biggest reason why they started off so hot was mainly attributed to amazing goaltender play from Corey Crawford and Ray Emery all season long.
What does this mean for the Western Conference Finals? This will be one of the most exciting playoff series ever and it will likely go seven games with all seven games likely to be one goal games.