After leading the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 and dropping Game 4 in the first round, then leading the St. Luois Blues 3-0 in the second round and finishing off the sweep on home ice, the big question of the day is will the Western Conference Finals be more like the former or the latter.
Although Kings coach Darryl Sutter toyed with the gather media yesterday and wouldn’t divulge if Colin Fraser would be going back into the line-up, it looks like he’ll be centering the fourth line – with Brad Richardson sliding back over to left wing and Kyle Clifford being the odd man out. Over on the Coyotes side, Martin Hanzal will return after his one game suspension following Game 2. Most likely, Marc-Antoine Pouliot will stay in and Paul Bissonnette will exit the Phoenix line-up. However, those will all be game-time decisions, as will the status of defenseman Adrian Aucoin. We’ll give you updates on the rosters from both sides during warm-ups at the arena (via twitter and facebook).
Now, if you want to win a signed Dustin Brown puck or other great prizes, here’s some details for you… we’ve been running two separate First Goal Contests during the playoffs… there’s the traditional MayorsManor contest run exclusively during Kings games, where recently we’ve been giving away a signed puck…and, the other, which is more like a tournament running through the end of the NHL playoffs. In the latter, we’re giving away a jersey or stick signed by the entire LA Kings team (the winner gets to choose their prize, as previously announced here).
For the Western Conference Finals, we’re combining both contests into one post…
Three things to know:
1 – You can enter ONE contest or BOTH by just leaving a single comment below.
2 – If you want to enter the Kings contest ONLY, simply leave a comment below with the LA player you think scores first vs. the Coyotes today. As always, multiple people can guess the same player. So, don’t worry about somebody else taking ‘your player.’ If that player scores first, we’ll pool all the winners together and randomly select one person to receive an autographed Dustin Brown puck.
SAMPLE ENTRY: Justin Williams
3 – If you want to enter BOTH contests, no problem. Just leave a comment below and select one player from each team playing today. We’ll use your Kings guess to enter you in both contests.
Phoenix (Vermette) at Los Angeles (Voynov)
Make sense? It should seem easy enough.
After you cast your vote, be sure to check out some of the exclusive video interviews we posted last night: