First, we had to listen to Ken Hitchcock say the Kings are the true #1 seed in the West, now this:
It’s hard to say this, but the most impressive team so far has been the Kings. I’ve said from the beginning of the playoffs, they are as well-rounded a team as there is right now. Darryl [Sutter] does a really good job implementing his system and makes great adjustments during the course of a game. It’s quite a battle when you face them.[...] Although they are rivals, I like the fact that the Pacific Division is doing so well. I think we might have the best division in hockey. That’s why the points were down in our division. Nobody had 110 points simply because too many good teams are playing each other. [...] I still think L.A. will win the West. So I’m out on a limb saying Kings vs. Rangers for the Cup.
It’s mind games. Don’t you believe it. The Kings are still underdogs. They’re only in the second round. They’re playing the best team still playing in the West. Period, end of story.