WCQF: (2) San Jose Sharks vs (7) Los Angeles Kings
Kings and Sharks played very evenly this season. With Kopitar/Williams, Kings matched up well with the Sharks; but without them, it's gonna be tough.
Sharks with the 6th best offense in the league. Kings with the 6th best defense.
From a Kings PoV, the Sharks/Kings have probably one of the friendliest relationships out of Western rivals. Hopefully this will be a great series.
I'm gonna be a homer and go with Kings in 6, but I could see us losing in 4 or 5. It really depends on who steps up more: Kings' defense (Doughty, Johnson, Mitchell, Quick, etc) or Sharks' offense (Thornton, Pavelski, Heatly, Marleau, etc).
Close games all season except for two. During the Christmas season, the Kings demolished the Sharks. Then a week ago, the Sharks beat down the Kings by five to win the division, but the game was closer than the score dictated.
Sharks should be favored, but the Kings can not be overlooked.