Date/Time: May 10th, 10:00 PM ET
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The St. Louis Blues have been beaten in seven straight games at the Staples Center. That trend is going to need to stop if they are going to extend their series on Friday night, as they have lost three straight games to the Los Angeles Kings, and they now face elimination.
The Blues have to be shell shocked at this point. They had a chokehold on this series up 2-0 going to Staples Center, but they just couldn’t figure out how to win any of these last three games, all of which have been there for the taking. The team put a ton of effort into the third period of Game 5 at home, a period in which it held the Kings to just three shots on goal, and a period in which they tied the game after trailing for most of the night. Alas, it just wasn’t enough though, as the St. Louis defense was out of position on a counterattack in overtime, and in the end, G Brian Elliott gave up a rather weak goal that ultimately put the team down 3-2 instead of up 3-2 in this series. If there is a bright spot, it is that LW Alexander Steen got back to his scoring ways on Wednesday night. The winger logged his third goal of these playoffs, but that strike was his first goal since way back in Game 1 when he scored the only two goals in the game for the Blues.
The Kings have shown the heart of a champion in these playoffs. It would have been very easy to lay down and die after the Blues shut them down in the first two games of this series, but the play of G Jonathan Quick inspired the team once again when he posted a shutout in a gritty 1-0 game in Game 3. That turned the tide, and all of a sudden, the offense got going. Now, the team has seven goals in its last two games, including three of which C Anze Kopitar has been in on. Kopitar was flat out awesome at times in the postseason last year, but he came into these playoffs on a huge slump. He now has a goal and two assists in his last two games though, and that’s the type of production that is going to be needed the rest of the way if this team is going to contend on the Stanley Cup odds.
Simply put, we aren’t all that sure that the Blues are going to be able to get up off of the mat in this one. We think that Quick is going to have another outstanding game on his home ice, as he really has played a lot better in this series than you probably would thinking. In the end, St. Louis won’t generate enough offense to get the ‘W’. It’ll be close, but the Kings will get the win and close out this series.
St. Louis Blues @ Los Angeles Kings Pick: Los Angeles Kings
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