2013 NHL Playoffs: Blues At Kings Game Three Morning Open Thread

Dilip Vishwanat

The Blues head into Los Angeles with a 2-0 series lead. Will they continue their strong road play and add to it?

In case you haven't noticed, the Blues have been playing well. Not just in the playoffs, but throughout the whole month of April they have allowed a minute number of goals both at home and on the road. In their last five games (including the playoffs), all played at home, they've allowed just five goals. This is partially due to Brian Elliott, owner of the NHL April wins record and an absurdly tiny GAA for the past month or so. Even with the turd in Colorado, which by no means was his fault, he had a 1.28 GAA. Right now, he enters game three with a .90 GAA and a .966 save percentage.

The Kings have had a hell of a time getting pucks past Elliott, but you have to admit that the Blues have been marginally better at getting pucks past Jonathan Quick. Despite self-flagellation by the goalie, Quick has been, by far, the Kings' best player on ice. There's a reason that both games have been 2-1 Blues wins, and the Blues realize that it could just as easily have gone the other way.

The Blues can go up three games to none tonight with a win in the difficult to play in Staples Center. Game predictions, any one? Be careful - this team's actually starting to make me optimistic. I'm guessing it's doing the same to you guys.

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