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Predicting Game 3 In Los Angeles
If there is one thing that the President's Trophy winning Vancouver Canucks probably do not want to see in Game 3 on Sunday night it is a power play opportunity. This is because the headline from Game 1 and Game 2 of the series was short-handed goals for the Los Angeles Kings. What the Kings basically did was go into Canada and take control of a 4 on 5 disadvantage numerous times to take a stranglehold on the series as it heads back to Los Angeles. After two shocking upset wins over the overall top-seeded NHL team, the Kings appear ready to go up 3-0 in the series as the teams prepare to play at Staples Center.
The Canucks have been the definition of consistency for the greater part of the hockey season, while the Kings were very fortunate to even make the postseason after months of erratic play. However, when the regular season concludes, all teams enter the postseason with the same 0-0 record, giving the Kings as good a chance as any team to capture Stanley Cup glory. And now the Canucks are well aware of this, as they are in the difficult position of having to win four of the next five games if they want to move on into the second round of the playoffs. This will be an extremely tough task for the Canucks who have star player Sedin on the sideline with an injury, while Southern California hockey fans are ready to cheer on their underdog Kings who have twice stunned Vancouver players and fans.
The first two games of the series have been higher scoring than most sports analysts predicted. This has been due to the shaky goaltending of Vancouver. What hockey fans can expect in Game 3 is the continued steady defense of the Kings, and more strong goaltending. The surprise though will be the resurgence of Vancouver goaltending, as Roberto Luongo will have a much improved remainder of the series. Unfortunately for Canucks fans, it will not be enough. In a low-scoring defensive affair, the Kings and Canucks will play nearly penalty-free hockey, taking a 1-1 game into overtime. With the game in overtime play, the Kings will feed off the energy of the home crowd. This energy will give Los Angeles the edge needed to pull out the 2-1 overtime lead, and the 3-0 series advantage.
Kings 2 Canucks 1
Game 4 Prediction:
Canucks 4 Kings 1
Game 5 Prediction
Canucks 2 Kings 0
Game 6 Prediction
Kings 3 Canucks 1