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5 Keys For Los Angeles Kings To Win Game 5

5 Keys For Los Angeles Kings To Win Game 5

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The Los Angeles Kings stand one win away from their second Stanley Cup Finals in three seasons, and will look to close out the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 in the Windy City. In order for the Kings to vanquish the reigning champions, they will need to keep playing the way that got them here. If they play their game, they are almost certain to get the win in Game 5.

5. Stay Out of the Penalty Box

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5. Stay Out of the Penalty Box

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The Blackhawks’ power play is, to put it bluntly, very good. With the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, they ooze skill and are threats to score any time they are on the ice, but especially on the man advantage. The Kings need to play a physical game, but also need to stay smart and not take unnecessary penalties. Staying out of the box also allows the Kings to stay on the attack and avoid rally-killing penalties.

4. Jonathan Quick Playing Like Jonathan Quick

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4. Jonathan Quick Playing Like Jonathan Quick

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Jonathan Quick will have to be better than Corey Crawford and turn away the Blackhawks’ highly-skilled snipers to give the Kings the best chance to win. While Quick’s playoff numbers pale in comparison to his amazing 2012 numbers (he’s giving up more than one more goal per game). He is a money goalie and will need to be just that to propel the Kings back to the finals.

4. Keep Patrick Kane off the Scoresheet

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4. Keep Patrick Kane off the Scoresheet

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Patrick Kane is one of the most skilled players in the NHL, but the Kings have kept him in check this series. They will need to continue that if they wish to close out the Hawks. Look for Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty to continue their two-way dominance on No. 88 and his teammates.

2. Establish The Physical Tone

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2. Establish The Physical Tone

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The Kings are at their best when they’re playing a physical game and intimidating their opposition with that physicality. The likes of Kyle Clifford, Dwight King, Dustin Brown and Mike Richards will need to play their tenacious games and set the tone for the rest of the team.

1. Jeff Carter and/or Anze Kopitar Having a Big Game

Carter and Kopitar
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1. Jeff Carter and/or Anze Kopitar Having a Big Game

Carter and Kopitar
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Either Anze Kopitar’s line or Jeff Carter’s ‘That 70s Line’ will need to pace the Kings’ attack. At different times in the series, each line has been the best line either team has iced. If one line starts clicking early, the rest of the team will follow suit and the Blackhawks will be back on their heels, allowing the Kings to close out the series in Chi-Town.