Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/13/12
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If you've been with us since the first round of picks, we'll quickly acknowledge that our prediction record might not be the best but we're going to continue with another round of selections.

We're officially at the halfway point in the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and only four teams remain for the chance to lift Lord Stanley.  In the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Kings will take on the Phoenix Coyotes while the New Jersey Devils will face the New York Rangers in the East.

Without further delay, let the Conference Finals begin!

David Rogers:

Western Conference Final: Kings in 7

Several series in this year's NHL playoffs have appeared to be certain goaltending duels. Several times we've been incorrect. This is the series that, one would think, changes that. It's a battle between Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith. Whichever goaltender is able to make the fewest mistakes should carry his club into the Stanley Cup Final.

My record for picks this year has been dreadful. I won't deny it. However, here I side with the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Quick. I saw first-hand just how tough of an opponent the Kings are when they dismantled my St. Louis Blues with ease. Phoenix should play with more heart than the Blues but ultimately I think LA's relentless pressure, physical game, and penalty kill are deciding factors in pushing the Kings forward in their quest for a Cup.

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