Who wins the goaltender’s duel?
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the 2012 playoffs, stopped 167 out of 177 shots during their victory over the St. Louis Blues for a .944 save percentage. He also had one shutout in the first round. Antti Niemi saved 118 of 126 shots in the San Jose Sharks’ first-round sweep of the Vancouver Canucks for a .937 save percentage. The team that wins the series almost always has the better goaltending and nothing figures to change in this case.