Kings could be best NHL playoff team ever
The Los Angeles Kings are quickly becoming betting royalty with their improbable run through the NHL playoffs.
Los Angeles improved to 10-1 in the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 2 of the Western Conference final Tuesday night. Their postseason success has the 2012 Kings flirting with history,
challenging some of the most dominant franchises in playoff hockey.
own a .909 winning percentage through the first 11 games and could
topple the famed 1988 Edmonton Oilers, who went 16-2 (.888 winning
percentage) en route to their final cup with Wayne Gretzky.
The Kings have been betting gold and have earned 10.52 units - $1,052 if you were betting $100 on each of their postseason games.
Los Angeles, which entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the West, was a +2,500 long shot when the postseason kicked off. Since then, the Kings have bowled over top-seeded Vancouver in five games, swept No. 2 seed St. Louis in the conferences semis, and taken the first two games – in Phoenix – of the conference final. Los Angeles currently sits as an even-money favorite to win the Stanley Cup at the LVH sportsbook in Las Vegas.
One trend that has reared its ugly head in the past is that teams that cruise through the first three rounds of the playoffs fall short in the Stanley Cup final. In fact, since 1985, just five of the 11 teams with the best playoff records have capped their red-hot runs with a championship.
The most recent example is the 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins, who were 12-2 before getting trounced 4-2 by the Detroit Red Wings in the Cup final.
Los Angeles returns home for the next two games versus Phoenix. Oddsmakers have the Kings set as -190 favorites for Game 3 Thursday