The Hawks were without Hossa and Sharp. The Kings played well, but it wasn't best on best.
LA was also missing players. So you're correct, it wasn't best on best. None of the regular season games between the two have been a barometer because too many important players have been missing from each side.
I don't know if I believe this, there's a lot of lines as good or better than this line. The Parise-Koivu-Coyle line could even contend.
It's a little disingenuous to compare the current Koivu line to Brown-Kopitar-Williams, who have played together more often than not for three years now and regularly out-fenwick opposing team's top lines. They drastically outplayed Parise's line last year in the SCF and I don't think Koivu and rookie Coyle are that large of an improvement.
Not saying Parise-Koivu-Coyle aren't playing really well at the moment, but to compare them to an established, veteran line Brown-Kopitar-Williams is somewhat of a stretch.
Quite often, Setoguchi-Cullen-Bouchard is the Wild's best line.
Again, you're stretching here, even moreso than the Koivu line v. Kopitar line comparison. The current Cullen line doesn't have near the offensive player of Carter's caliber and Cullen is certainly no Mike Richards.
It's not a stretch. ~.920 is average. I'm saying if that's all the goaltending you get, your team could be eliminated in the first round.
DISCLAIMER: I am not saying the Wild are clearly better, or better, but it's not outlandish to say they could compete.
It's not outlandish at all. The Wild have a good team this year. But consider that LA's current save percentage is barely cracking .900 and they still have a record of 18-12-2. They've lost more than a handful of games this season due to poor save percentage outings from Jon Quick. No one is saying the Kings are unbeatable - we're simply pointing out the elite advanced statistics of the team despite key injuries on the blue line and a sub-.900 save pct. by Quick. If Quick is averaging a .920 save percentage, as you're saying, the Kings are likely closer to the Ducks and Hawks in the standings than the Wild, which all other adv. stats indicate.
They are far from infallible but remain very well built for the playoffs. The entire talented core of the team are strong 2-way players. No one is one-dimensional. There aren't a lot of lines in the league that the Kopitar group won't beat handily in a head to head, and then you've got Richards and Carter to contend with who on any given night can play like a first line themselves. The team is just good. And I agree with you on Quick, his performance last season isn't anywhere near repeatable, but I don't think it's a stretch to expect ~.920 tending from that tandem.
Like, perhaps, the lines that the #1, #2, and #3 seeded teams in the league could toss over the boards?
I like my team, I like their chances. Just as I did last season.
In the playoffs, we got some really good bounces and some timely goaltending. In order to repeat, all of those things have to happen again. I like our chances but there are some really good teams out there. Someone really good is going to come out of the west. Will I be surprised if it's the Kings? No, I will be elated!
I became a King fan when I was 7, they won their first Stanley Cup when I was 48. Taking nothing for granted.
Winning the Stanley Cup is the hardest thing to do in sports.
No, he didn't say they were the best, but he certainly implied that few come close.
And I can't begin to enough at a two game sample size, particularly since the second game was on the second half of a back-to-back. I guess you'd better hope Nick Bonino doesn't get healthy, because he's going to walk all over you.