Kings v Cancuks playoff prediction and First Goal Contest

Here we go! After six-plus months of tweets, articles, radio shows and more – this is what everybody’s been waiting for…the playoffs.

Thanks to all the loyal readers who voted in the MayorsManor poll regarding the Kings or Canucks series winner.  It looks like the majority of you guys think this series will end in six games (60% of all votes). Another 23% of you predicted a seven-game series. So, one thing is clear, people are bracing for a long, drawn out battle. As for the winner, 45% have the Kings winning in six games and 71% overall have the Kings winning. That’s a far cry from the NHL.com panel, who had 14 of 16 favoring the Canucks.  However, Kelly Hrudey and Barry Melrose are picking their former team to upset the recent President’s Trophy winner.

I gave my prediction on last night’s MayorsManor LIVE show. If you missed it (Well, first off, why? You should have been listening!), I have the Kings winning in seven games. Here are just some of the factors used in coming to that decision – it’s hard to bet against Jonathan Quick this season, Vancouver’s power play has been converting around 13% since early January, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are at another level compared to the last two seasons,  Justin Williams can’t be stopped lately, Willie Mitchell is a beast right now on the penalty kill, belief that Darryl Sutter can get the Kings over the hump, both teams had similar records down the stretch, LA was the better team most nights when they played during the regular season, directional math: addition of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards > loss of Mikael Samuelsson and Steve Bernier since their 2010 playoff series.

The key will be winning at least one of the first two games in Vancouver. LA must, as in MUST, come home for game three with at least a split.

As usual, MayorsManor will host a First Goal Contest tonight and we have a great prize lined up. If you’d like to enter, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think will score first vs. the Canucks. All correct answers will be pooled together and one random winner will be awarded a puck autographed by Kings captain Dustin Brown.

To help you with your selection, the following stats may come in handy…

- Brown has 10 goals in 28 career regular season games vs Vancouver

- Kopitar has 5 goals in 22 regular season games

- Williams has 6 goals in 16 regular season games (including two goals in four games vs. Vancouver this season)

- Richards has 3 goals in 8 regular season games

- Carter has 4 goals in 8 games (including three in four games played in Vancouver)

- Jarret Stoll has 9 goals in 41 regular season games

- Drew Doughty has 1 goal in 15 regular season games (yet, he has five goals in 12 carrer playoff games)

Also feel free to take Dustin Penner, Dwight King, Colin Fraser or any of the other Kings players. Just stay clear of Kevin Westgarth and Davis Drewiske because both are expected to be healthy scratches for game one of the playoffs.  Of course, Brad Richardson is also out after having surgery earlier this week.

Good luck!

Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Dustin Brown

  2. Susan says:

    KOPI!!!

  3. Kristina says:

    Penner

  4. Thomas says:

    Alec Martinez!

  5. Chris says:

    Williams

  6. Anthony Flores says:

    Williams… Go Kings Go

  7. Jenn H. says:

    Carter!!! GKG!!

  8. Brittany says:

    Holy crap, I’m excited. And I’m going with Drew Doughty.

  9. colo king fan says:

    Justin Williams.

  10. Dan says:

    Willie Mitchell on the PP.

  11. josh287 says:

    scuds

  12. Blueline says:

    Mike Richards

    • Blueline says:

      Richards was a beast last night!

      His game is all about the playoffs…way to step it up!

  13. Peter Naumann says:

    CARTER!!!!

  14. D Rojas says:

    Martinez!

  15. Paul says:

    King

  16. Katy says:

    Trevor Lewis!

  17. Brenda says:

    The BEAST – Willie Mitchell

    GO KINGS GO!!

  18. Laurie says:

    Richards

  19. Ben says:

    I’m going to go with Brownie for tonight’s first goal. He needs to set the tone as our Captain!

  20. Doughty99 says:

    The name says it all:

    Drewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Doughty!

  21. Susie Harrison says:

    Jarret Stoll will get the first goal tonight! En route to a Kings victory :) Go Kings Go!!

  22. David says:

    Voynov!!!

  23. Kelly Ann says:

    Penner.

  24. Sher says:

    Richards!!!

  25. Dell says:

    VOYNOV!

  26. Drew L says:

    Carter

  27. Mike W says:

    A full rested Jeff Carter please

  28. Jake b says:

    Penner!!!!!

  29. Dwight King! Go Kings!!!

  30. Brittney Stevens says:

    Williams

  31. Jake says:

    Doughty with the 1st

  32. Alex says:

    Scuds

  33. Vanessa Gutierrez says:

    Williams! Go kings!

  34. Kasey says:

    Hot hand Willie Mitchell!

  35. Brandon Tosch says:

    Kyle Clifford

  36. Stacy says:

    Martinez

  37. Matt says:

    Richards

  38. Kris says:

    Going with King tonight.

  39. Eric says:

    Slava Voynov

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Matt Greene

  41. Michael Ortiz says:

    Jordan Nolan

  42. lakingsphan0427 says:

    My unsung hero for tonight will be Clifford and he will net the first goal..GKG!

  43. Anthony Mendeola says:

    Carter!

  44. Dana says:

    Williams

  45. Heather says:

    Doughty

  46. Barbie says:

    Jeff Carter

  47. Kelly says:

    Mitchell :)

  48. Fricke says:

    Brown GKG….

  49. Andre says:

    Carter

  50. Primo00001 says:

    Kopitar once again.

  51. Hipcheck says:

    Carter!

  52. sstephen17 says:

    Jeff Carter.

  53. ivyenergy says:

    Clifford

  54. naz says:

    williams…

  55. Cassie says:

    lewis!!!!!

  56. Autumn says:

    KING!!!!

  57. Urban says:

    Richards

  58. Rod Rounke says:

    Stoll

  59. Uni says:

    Williams sounds right!

  60. Shino says:

    Williams!!!

  61. Carmody says:

    Carter

  62. Steven says:

    voynov

  63. Eric says:

    Anze Kopitar

  64. Brian Vincent says:

    First goal the Captain Dustin Brown!!! Go Kings Go!!

  65. Melinda says:

    Kopitar!

  66. Griffin says:

    Dustin Brown

  67. Daniel says:

    dustin brown

  68. Hopesfail says:

    Jeff Carter first goal. Assists to frosted tips and dry island.

  69. Dave says:

    Carter. Isn’t it obvious?

  70. Peter 32 says:

    1. Scorer for Kings: King!

  71. J.J. says:

    Voynov

  72. tyler says:

    Kopitar

  73. MstrB says:

    Dustin Penner

  74. YuriM says:

    Brown 1st goal

  75. Dani Motruk says:

    Carter for the 1st goal

  76. Jason says:

    Stoll
    Go Kings!!!

  77. Nicole says:

    Carter

  78. Roann says:

    Anze Kopitar!

  79. gordon blakey says:

    Carter

  80. Mark says:

    Carter – Have a good game boys!!

  81. moe says:

    Richards

  82. vrej says:

    Carter

  83. Bobby haggerman says:

    I’m eating fried chicken so got to go with KFC

  84. Chris says:

    Richards will score the first goal!

  85. N3DD says:

    KYLE CLIFFORD

  86. Shelley says:

    Doughty!!!!

  87. Christie says:

    Carter!

  88. amy vincent says:

    Greene

  89. cheap says:

    Richards!

  90. Scott says:

    Martinez

  91. Eric says:

    Dustin “Playoff” Penner to win the hearts of many o’ LA King fans.

  92. marc says:

    Stoll

  93. Jose says:

    Carter!

  94. Paul says:

    Carter

  95. Eric C says:

    Justin Williams!

  96. jeremy says:

    Stoll

  97. kings_dad says:

    24

  98. Brownie!

  99. D says:

    Voynov!

  100. Vanessa Gutierrez says:

    Williams

  101. Rhonda says:

    Doughty will score first, cause I was born in Calgary

  102. Roy says:

    Brown is my choice

  103. Rhonda says:

    J Stoll is my choice

  104. S Cordova says:

    WILLIAMS! GKG!

  105. Nick Buffum says:

    Carter!!

  106. PaganHagen says:

    Drew Doughty

  107. Roy says:

    Koptar is my choice

  108. Jensen Vargas says:

    Dustin Brown!!

  109. BelleDrea says:

    Kopitar :)

  110. chitchattj says:

    STOLL

  111. Nicholas says:

    Justin Williams!

  112. Rocio Escareno says:

    Jeff Carter

  113. corri says:

    Kopitar

  114. Veronica Valenzuela says:

    Anze Kopitar!

  115. McNickk says:

    Justin Williams

  116. Evo says:

    Carter effect!!!

  117. Ruben Arredondo says:

    jeff carter!

  118. Ruben Sanchez says:

    Dustin Brown! Go Kings!! #BELIEVE

  119. Jimmy says:

    Cliffy!!!

  120. frank gratrix says:

    Carter

  121. bucky says:

    Carter ! JMFC !

  122. Kerry says:

    Jeff Carter

  123. Janelle says:

    Carter

  124. adrizzle says:

    Burrows

  125. Tatum thomas says:

    Brown

  126. Nolant says:

    who won?

  127. moe says:

    who won the puck?

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