Found May 18, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
Poster Boy Kings Target Sweep Of Coyotes

Time is running out for the Phoenix Coyotes in the Western Conference Final as the Los Angeles Kings take one step closer to the Stanley Cup. This Sunday, up 3-0, L.A. can seal the deal on an unlikely sweep over the conference’s No. 3 seed. Get some action in on the possible finale on Bovada’s Stanley Cup odds.

Although the Coyotes are in fact the higher seed in the matchup, it’s growing harder and harder to consider the Kings an underdog contender. Should their victory over Phoenix come through, they’ll have disposed of each of the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the conference.

As a result, now Los Angeles finds themselves atop the hockey futures line with 5/7 odds of winning the Stanley Cup. The Coyotes, in contrast, thanks to their current series deficit, sit miles behind at 50/1. For comparison’s sake, the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed New York Rangers hold second-place on the line with 5/2 odds.

Can Phoenix fight back and at least postpone their demise after clawing their way to their deepest playoff run in franchise history? Though the NHL odds may be dead against it, stranger things have happened - like a lowly No. 8 seed obliterating any and everything in its path.

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