Previewing the Los Angeles Kings 2012 Post-Season:
Game 5 @ Vancouver
April 22, 2012
5pm PST (8pm EST)
It’s been a long wait but Game 5 is just about upon us as the Los Angeles Kings try to close out their series with Vancouver for the second time.
After a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night where it was Vancouver’s netminder outshining Jonathan Quick, the Kings look to rebound and hope that their better road record during the season will be a nice confidence boost.
Unlike the first two games in Vancouver, the Kings struggled to find the back of the net in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles. They did score eight times in Vancouver this series but none of those were against Cory Schneider who, after his 43-save performance in Game 4, will undoubtedly get the nod in Game 5.
In order to win, Los Angeles will need to be more disciplined. After a 1-0 lead to open the last game, it was a weak Colin Fraser penalty that allowed the Canucks to tie it and take the momentum for the remainder of the contest. To say the least, the Kings will need a much better effort tomorrow night and, contrary to what they’ve been doing for much of the regular season, need to start giving Jonathan Quick some support and not looking for him to carry the team on his back.
With the Sedin twins reunited, the Canucks are more intimidating now than they were a week ago – but that shouldn’t faze the Kings, who need to keep their eye on the prize and do what they can to finish off the defending Western Conference champions.
The Kings still have the advantage in the series and it’s up to them which way the momentum will shift tomorrow night.
Enjoy the game!
Photo: Courtesy of Steve Bosch/PNG