The St. Louis Blues have earned a couple of 2-1 victories over the Kings and suffered a 1-0 loss at Los Angeles. You can expect more of the same for the rest of the series.
“If you look at the series, 5-on-5 is so tough,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “There are a lot of little battles going on that only the players appreciate or understand. It’s pretty much what we said at the outset.”
The forecast for this series was low-scoring games. Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick both played very well down the stretch for their defensive-minded teams.
“Do your homework before the series,” Sutter said. “The two teams are very even. Gave up the fewest shots in the conference, one and two. Both goaltenders – everybody understands who they are and what they are.”
These games are coming down to one bounce, one break or one breakdown.
“I think it’s great, because you can’t take a shift off,” Kings winger Justin Williams told reporters. “You take a shift off, it could be the difference in a game. Your mind needs to be ready every single time you get on that ice, because little plays turn into big plays in series like this, and we got big plays out of our goaltender tonight.”
Both teams are trying to fight through the defensive gridlock.
“There’s not much for goals, and you can’t get frustrated by it,” Sutter said. “Your top guys can’t get frustrated and start playing their own individual game, a turnover or stretch it out. That’s basically how we’re trying to play.”