Originally written on centericechat.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14


Two games down, and two to go, potentially. That is, if the Los Angeles Kings can maintain the level of hockey they’ve been playing in St. Louis in their home building. Anze Kopitar scores one of his two goals against Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues during Monday's Kings' 5-2 win. It’ll be the second upset by the No. 8 seed if it happens, and, seemingly more so of an upset over bouncing the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks’ loss didn’t have as much weight to it for the fact that Roberto Luongo was let loose, and the fate of Vancouver was left in the hands of their designated No. 2 goalie — almost a sign of acceptance of the Canucks loss. For the Blues, the crease is more of a tandem effort between Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. However, Halak is out for the remainder of the series against the Kings, coach Ken Hitchcock announced after the 5-2 loss Monday night. Now, Halak is the No. 1 indefinitely and regardless of the pitfall of the St. Louis defense. But how has it come to the edge for the Blues? Over the weekend, CenterIceChat wrote the Blues are in this series with the upper hand, but the Kings would need to leverage just two offensive points to get past the Blues. One of those were chances. Anze Kopitar has been phenomenal at getting shots on net, carrying 20 leading into Monday’s game. He was a two-time goal scorer in the 5-2 win. Additionally, it was more than evident that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter needed to step up. They each scored a goal apiece. Meanwhile, Jonathan Quick wasn’t heavily relied on, but he was good enough to stop 19 of 21 shots, and pick up the win. It’s looking more like doom and gloom for the Blues going into Los Angeles.   Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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