LA Kings: Your rooting guide to the 2021 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

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LA Kings fans will once again have to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs without their team playing in them, so it’s time to pick a temporary team.

They flirted with a playoff run for a while, but the LA Kings will once again find themselves watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from their couches this year.

This means Kings fans again have a decision to make about how they’re going to watch these playoffs. Do you just want to enjoy some good hockey and see what happens? Or do you want to throw your fandom behind another team for the time being?

If you’re in the latter camp, we’ve got you covered. We’ve laid out the case for all 16 postseason teams for why a Kings fan should get behind them for these playoffs.

West Division

Colorado Avalanche

They’re one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NHL, and if the long-awaited second-round series between them and the Golden Knights comes to fruition, I mean, you’re not gonna root for Vegas, are you?

Minnesota Wild

They’re playing the Golden Knights in the first round, so that’s a pretty good reason to root for the Wild right off the bat. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch Kirill Kaprizov lead them on a stunning run through teams like Vegas and Colorado?

St. Louis Blues

“Three-time Stanley Cup champion Kyle Clifford” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Vegas Golden Knights

Alec Martinez. That’s it. That’s the Golden Knights’ section here.