The Los Angeles Kings will look to all but close out the Western Conference Finals tonight when they host the Phoenix Coyotes at 9 p.m. ET.
The eighth seeded Kings lead the series 2-0 after shocking the Coyotes in back to back games, 4-2 then 4-0. In game two, Phoenix's frustration began to show through.
Martin Hanzal will miss game three thanks to a suspension he got for piledriving Kings captain Dustin Brown into the end boards. Coyotes forward Shane Doan could also have gotten supplemental discipline for his second period hit on Trevor Lewis which bloodied the King's nose.
The Coyotes could not keep themselves out of the box and they paid for it. Two of Jeff Carter's three goals in the game came while the Kings were on a 5-3 advantage.
Phoenix was outshot 40-24 in game two as everything came apart at the seams in the desert, and now the Coyotes must pull off at least two road wins to keep their hope of getting the first Stanley Cup in franchise history alive.
Los Angeles, on the other hand, now has the friendly confines of home ice to all but eliminate their opponents. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in NHL history, and although there is always a first time, the Kings can feel very comfortable up 3-0.
The fate of the rest of the series could be decided tonight.
Where to watch: The game can be viewed online at www.firstrowsports.eu/sport/ice-hockey.html . It will also be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET.
Prediction: Phoenix will not go down without a fight; they are too talented and far too veteran. They will pepper Jonathan Quick with shots and under that unrelenting onslaught the Kings will wither.
Predicted Score: Phoenix over Los Angeles 3-1