Thursday May 17th Stanley Cup Live Odds: Coyotes vs Kings Game 3
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Los Angeles Kings haven't needed much help throughout the playoffs, but they were able to capitalize on some charity from the Phoenix Coyotes to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The series shifts to Tinseltown for Game 3, and the Kings have all the momentum as they inch closer to their first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 19 years.
The Coyotes will need to figure out how to shut down a relentless Kings offense that has peppered Phoenix netminder Mike Smith with 88 shots in the first two games.
@ Los Angeles
When: 9:00 PM ET, Thursday, May 17, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBCS, TSN
Phoenix Coyotes : Phoenix lost its cool in Game 2, taking two separate five-minute majors for dangerous hits on Los Angeles players. Coyotes captain Shane Doan was the first offender, sent off in the second period for drilling Kings forward Trevor Lewis into the boards. Doan believes the penalty was too harsh. "He turns. He looks right at me. I didn't even look at him again," Doan said. "I was looking at the puck, because I was trying to poke the puck free. He turns away as I'm coming in." That penalty led to the first of two 5-on-3 goals scored by Jeff Carter that effectively put the game away.
Los Angeles Kings : Much had gone right for Los Angeles heading into Game 2, but the power play wasn't one of those things. The Kings had scored just once on their previous 44 man advantage opportunities before being handed a pair of two-man power plays. Carter made good both times, completing his hat trick after scoring just once in his first 10 playoff games. "Obviously I'd love to be scoring every game," he said. "They haven't come that easily for me the last little while here. It's something that I've been working on in practice, trying to get to the net during the game, get a couple greasy ones."
The Kings are on a franchise-record
seven-game postseason winning streak and are a perfect 7-0 on the road in the
2. Coyotes F Martin Hanzal faces a hearing with the league for his hit on Kings forward Dustin Brown in the third period of Game 2. Hanzal hammered Brown into the boards to earn the second of Phoenix's two major and game misconduct penalties.
3. Kings F Colin Fraser left the team prior to Game 2 for personal reasons, and his status for Game 3 is unknown.
NHL PREDICTION: Kings 3, Coyotes 2
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