In the most unbalanced division in the league, these 2 Pacific division monsters will square off in round one in the Pacific 2nd vs 3rd matchup. Both teams were expected to be here when the season began, but no one thought the race that was going to ensue within the Pacific division alone.
The Los Angeles Kings were built on 1st time NHL owner Rollerpig647 and his captain, BurnsForHart. LA finished the season, 64-12-6 for 134 points. Most seasons, that record would probably bring a Presidents trophy. This season however, it was good for 2nd in the Pacific, nothing to feel bad about. The only downfall of where they finished is who they have to play in the 1st round. Besides being completely underpaid this season, Roller and Burns put together a great team. Juggernauts on offense, TMills61_, Furdayzbuddy and xShauN88 have been racking up points on teams all season for the Kings. Also on the roster all year were defensemen JonFromEarth, ii-Amazing-LL and D/G utility bNYCe83. They only needed to add 3 more players to complete their roster, forwards Goostav_12, toslick and goalie Ucantcme_kamakaz . The Kings are well rounded and are prepared for a war in the western conference playoffs.
The Calgary Flames come out of the regular season at 58-17-7 for 123 points. Again, a tremendous season for anyone, but, only good enough for 3rd in the Pacific. Calgary's owner Zubov_x_21 (lllVibezlll) has once again built a strong team. Always trying to play the underdog card, he and his captain, Akonvict21 are clearly at the point now where they are not fooling anyone, they are good. With some of the least turnover of anyone in VG this season, only 2 roster players were not on the NHL team at the start. Many of their players fill the leaderboards, schroyer69 joins Akonvict21 up front with games played. mr--bardown, XTailsy, Maddens26 and x-RECKI-x splits his time with forward and goalie. As strong as the forwards are, their defense is that much better. fulltrottle911 and L3iggy13iggs play a majority of the minutes for Calgary's defense. This team, like any in the Pacific, if they can get out of the Pacific still standing, they'll be one of the favorites for sure.
Both teams are good. Both rank high in the league on both ends of the ice. Both are in the top 5 in TOA. The Kings are 2nd in both Goals for and against. The Flames are 5th and 6th in the same categories. Coming out of this 7 game series will come down to who can adapt quicker. Momentum could be a difference from game to game in this series so they need to take advantage when they get their chance.
The Kings offense lives and breathes with TMills61_. His 150 goals far out pace anyone else on the team. Having him team up with almost anyone can be deadly. Furdayzbuddy and xShauN88 really shined as a line as all 3 players were well over 3 PPG each. The second groupings on this team are only labeled that because of where they are in points for the team but Goostav_12, Toslick and rollerpig647 are no easy tasks for any defense either.
The Flames are just as good here on offense. Led by their captain Akonvict21 and Schroyer69, these 2 finished with 176 and 175 points respectively. Adding to the their firepower is mr—bardown, Maddens26, XTailsy and x-RECKI-x. This is a veteran group and have playoff experience. They all have the ability to take over a game and help this group win. Keep an eye on mr—bardown who had a huge part in Philly's Stanley Cup run a few seasons ago.
EDGE – LOS ANGELES KINGS
Los Angeles have some of the best defensive numbers in the game this season. Led by BurnsForHart on the left side, he's one of the better left D's in the game. His 64 points and +117 makes him a dangerous player on both sides. JonfromEarth plays the right side and had excellent numbers. 0.96 PPG and +112 is a big year for the 1st year NHLer.ii-Amazing-LL was 18-1 in games he played in and was a 0.96 PPG too. bNYCe83 played double duty for this team and was a defensive defenseman when playing D.
Calgary had a big 2 on the blue line. Fulltrottle911 and L3iggyL3iggs played a majority for their team back here on D. They didn't contribute as much on offense like their counterparts but their defensive game was just as good. Shutting most teams down, throttle was a +104 and L3iggy was a +100. In very limited time and don't expect them to play here the playoffs but, Akonvict had a 1.79 PPG in 14 games played on D and Schroyer had a 2.00 PPG in his very limited 4 games back there.
EDGE – LOS ANGELES KINGS
The Kings goaltending is phenomenal. No matter which guy is in, they both have stupid numbers. Ucantcme_kamakaz was a HUGE pickup early in the season. He went 26-2-4 with a 1.42 GAA and an .848 S% for the Kings. Oh, and 7 shutouts. His "backup" is bNYCe83. He was a mere 22-3-2 with a 1.96 GAA and an .806 S%. Most teams would kill for one of those guys, the Kings have both.
Calgary's duo is more of a vet group. The owner Zubov and x-RECKI-x share the duties back there. Zubov was 18-4-2 this season and RECKI was 11-6-2. Calgary does not give up a lot of shots but, these 2 are going to need to come up with some key saves throughout this series. The goal is going to be to frustrate Mills and the Kings offense. Get them chirping and taking chances and it will create opportunities at the other end for their teammates.