Can the Kings win as the favorites?
Incredible as it might seem, the Kings haven’t held home-ice advantage since 1992. The Kings have it again (finally!) as the Western Conference’s fifth-seeded team against the No. 6 San Jose Sharks. The Kings won four consecutive series without home ice last season to become the first No. 8 seeded team to win the Stanley Cup. They didn’t have it in the first round and upended the No. 4 St. Louis Blues. Their five-series winning streak without home ice is the longest in NHL history.