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 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!

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  1. Dustin Brown

  2. KOPI!!!

  3. Penner

  4. Alec Martinez!

  5. Williams

  6. Anthony Flores says

    Williams… Go Kings Go

  7. Carter!!! GKG!!

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

  9. colo king fan says

    Justin Williams.

  10. Willie Mitchell on the PP.

  11. scuds

  12. Mike Richards

    • Richards was a beast last night!

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

  13. Peter Naumann says


  14. Martinez!

  15. King

  16. Trevor Lewis!

  17. The BEAST – Willie Mitchell


  18. Richards

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

  20. 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. Voynov!!!

  23. Penner.

  24. Richards!!!

  25. VOYNOV!

  26. Carter

  27. A full rested Jeff Carter please

  28. Penner!!!!!

  29. Dwight King! Go Kings!!!

  30. Brittney Stevens says


  31. Doughty with the 1st

  32. Scuds

  33. Vanessa Gutierrez says

    Williams! Go kings!

  34. Hot hand Willie Mitchell!

  35. Brandon Tosch says

    Kyle Clifford

  36. Martinez

  37. Richards

  38. Going with King tonight.

  39. 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


  44. Williams

  45. Doughty

  46. Jeff Carter

  47. Mitchell 🙂

  48. Brown GKG….

  49. Carter

  50. Primo00001 says

    Kopitar once again.

  51. Carter!

  52. sstephen17 says

    Jeff Carter.

  53. ivyenergy says


  54. williams…

  55. lewis!!!!!

  56. KING!!!!

  57. Richards

  58. Rod Rounke says


  59. Williams sounds right!

  60. Williams!!!

  61. Carter

  62. voynov

  63. Anze Kopitar

  64. Brian Vincent says

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

  65. Kopitar!

  66. Dustin Brown

  67. dustin brown

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

  69. Carter. Isn’t it obvious?

  70. 1. Scorer for Kings: King!

  71. Voynov

  72. Kopitar

  73. Dustin Penner

  74. Brown 1st goal

  75. Dani Motruk says

    Carter for the 1st goal

  76. Stoll
    Go Kings!!!

  77. Carter

  78. Anze Kopitar!

  79. gordon blakey says


  80. Carter – Have a good game boys!!

  81. Richards

  82. Carter

  83. Bobby haggerman says

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

  84. Richards will score the first goal!


  86. Doughty!!!!

  87. Carter!

  88. amy vincent says


  89. Richards!

  90. Martinez

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

  92. Stoll

  93. Carter!

  94. Carter

  95. Justin Williams!

  96. Stoll

  97. kings_dad says


  98. Brownie!

  99. Voynov!

  100. Vanessa Gutierrez says


  101. Doughty will score first, cause I was born in Calgary

  102. Brown is my choice

  103. J Stoll is my choice

  104. S Cordova says


  105. Nick Buffum says


  106. PaganHagen says

    Drew Doughty

  107. Koptar is my choice

  108. Jensen Vargas says

    Dustin Brown!!

  109. BelleDrea says

    Kopitar 🙂

  110. chitchattj says


  111. Justin Williams!

  112. Rocio Escareno says

    Jeff Carter

  113. Kopitar

  114. Veronica Valenzuela says

    Anze Kopitar!

  115. Justin Williams

  116. Carter effect!!!

  117. Ruben Arredondo says

    jeff carter!

  118. Ruben Sanchez says

    Dustin Brown! Go Kings!! #BELIEVE

  119. Cliffy!!!

  120. frank gratrix says


  121. Carter ! JMFC !

  122. Jeff Carter

  123. Carter

  124. Burrows

  125. Tatum thomas says


  126. who won?

  127. who won the puck?


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