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May 6 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (44) checks St. Loius Blues right wing Vladiimir Tarsenko (91) into the boards in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Blues 4-3 to tie the series 2-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues Preview; Western Quarter Final, Game 6

Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:
West Quarter Final, Game 6 vs. St. Louis; May 10/13, 7pm PST (10pm EST)

Just over a week ago, the Los Angeles Kings appeared to be down and out in the eyes of the skeptics. Trailing 2-0 in their Western Quarter-Final series, it appeared as if the St. Louis Blues had the defending champs right where they wanted them. But since then, the Kings reeled off three-straight wins and are now in position to eliminate this tough Blues squad Friday night in Los Angeles.

After picking up their first road win since March 31, the Kings return to Staples Center with all the confidence in the world. The Blues, however, certainly aren’t lacking any confidence of their own either. Despite losing Game 5, St. Louis head coach was upbeat and optimistic about his team’s efforts in the last game and certainly has faith that his club can for a seventh and deciding game back in Missourion Sunday.

May 6 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman (5) checks Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) into the boards in game four of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

You don’t need to mention what a physical series this has been thus far. Despite bodies from both sides being thrashed around in the first five games, Robyn Regehr received a broken nose, Dustin Brown was the recipient of a jagged cut on the bridge of his nose – and that’s just naming a couple. It seems as though this series has gotten progressively tougher with each passing period and nothing would please the Kings and their fans more than ending 2013’s version of this rivalry in Game 6.

While both netminders have been great in this series, Jonathan Quick is especially redeeming himself after subpar finishes in Games 1 and 2 as he seems to get better as the series goes on.

Los Angeles became the first team in this series to win on the road and St. Louis hopes to follow suit. In fact, they must follow suit to extend this to a Game 7.

You can be sure both teams will be equally hungry and rearing to go on Friday night. We’ll see which side comes out on top.

Enjoy the game!

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