Originally written on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 11/14/14

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29: Dustin Brown #23 of the Los Angeles Kings looks on the ice during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Kings won 5-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)


It is well-known that, to win the playoffs, you need to be a quality road team. The Los Angeles Kings have taken that to new extremes after their Game 1 victory in Phoenix.

Prior to last night, no NHL team had ever won their first six road playoff games in a single postseason. The Kings pulled off that feat in impressive fashion last night. Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar led the way for the Kings in a solid 4-2 win over the Coyotes to draw first blood in the Western Conference Finals.
The more you watch them, the more you have to be reminded they are a No. 8 seed.
The Kings are the best team in the NHL right now – and it’s a good time to be peaking. With last night’s win, they moved to an absurd 9-1 overall in the playoffs. What’s even more impressive is their success on the road.
In all six of their road wins, Darryl Sutter’s club has won by at least two goals. It’s not like they are squeaking by in overtime; they are taking control of those games and not letting go.
Last night they were the better team most of the way against a Coyotes team that failed to play their own style of game. The Kings held a 47-27 edge in shots and never seemed out of control, despite heading into the third period tied 2-2.
But the Kings shined in the third period, like they have all postseason. Brown scored a big goal 2:11 into the third to give Los Angeles a 3-2 lead, and that was enough for the Kings to come away with a 4-2 win. With that big third period effort, the Kings have now outscored opponents 8-2 on the road in the final frame. 8-2.
They get better as the games go on, and they are getting better as these playoffs go on.
If you had to pick a Stanley Cup favorite today, it’s hard not to look at the Kings as that team. A No. 8 seed has never won the Cup; just one has ever made it to the Cup final (2006 Edmonton Oilers). But these Kings have the look of a team that has all the goods to win it all. Brown and Kopitar are having huge postseasons offensively, while Jonathan Quick is the man to beat for the Conn Smythe going into Monday’s action.
The Kings, now past the halfway point to the magic number of 16 playoff wins, have yet to give up more than two goals in a game on the road. If they keep up this success, they’ll follow in the footsteps of champions in the last 20 years that have been stellar away from home ice:

YearTeamRoad Record2010Chicago Blackhawks8-32009Pittsburgh Penguins7-62008Detroit Red Wings7-42007Anaheim Ducks6-32004Tampa Bay Lightning7-32002Detroit Red Wings8-12001Colorado Avalanche7-32000New Jersey Devils10-21999Dallas Stars7-41998Detroit Red Wings8-31997Detroit Red Wings7-31996Colorado Avalanche8-31995New Jersey Devils10-11994New York Rangers7-31993Montreal Canadiens6-31992Pittsburgh Penguins8-31991Pittsburgh Penguins7-4
There’s a long way to go in these playoffs, but the Kings’ road success is a big reason why they are Cup favorites today.


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