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(2) Blues - (8) Kings preview - 04-27-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Note: We'll preview the Western Conference semifinal series today and the Eastern Conference tomorrow.

(2) Blues vs. (8) Kings

Blues Leading Postseason Scorer: Andy McDonald (right), eight points (four goals, four assists).

Kings Leading Regular Season Scorer: Dustin Brown (below), five points (four goals, one assist).

Blues Expected Starting Goaltender: Brian Elliott, 3-0, 1.37 GAA, .949 SV%.

Kings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonathan Quick, 4-1, 1.59 GAA, .953 SV%.

Blues Postseason Statistics

Kings Postseason Statistics

Blues Injuries: Goaltender Jaroslav Halak (ankle) is day to day.

Kings Injuries: Left winger Kyle Clifford ("upper body") is day to day. Left wingers Simon Gagne (concussion) and Scott Parse (hip) are on injured reserve.

Blues with Stanley Cup bling: Jason Arnott, C; Kent Huskins, D; Jamie Langenbrunner, RW; Andy McDonald, LW.

Kings with Stanley Cup bling: Rob Scuderi, D; Justin Williams, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Blues: The Blues are tied for best goals against average in the postseason at 1.60.

Something worthwhile about the Kings: The Kings are also tied for best goals against average in the postseason at 1.60.

Something useless about the Blues that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Current Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson holds the Blues postseason record for most consecutive shutouts. He had three straight in a 2002 Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Blackhawks.

Something useless about the Kings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The Kings' all-time leader in postseason penalty minutes is former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley.

Former Penguins on the Blues: Ville Siren, amateur scout.

Former Penguins on the Kings: Luc Robitaille, president - business operations; Rob Scuderi, D.

Who needs to be the difference for the Blues: Elliott. This series will come down to defense and goaltending. And the team which can limit it mistakes in the defensive zone will win.

Who needs to be the difference for the Kings: Quick. Ditto.

Best Blues YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Blues defenseman Al MacInnis scoring a game-tying goal late in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Red Wings in Game 3 of a 1998 Western Conference quarterfinal series:

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Best Kings YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Kings left winger Butch Goring scoring an overtime goal against the Red Wings in a 4-3 win in Game 6 of a 1977 quarterfinals series:

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EN Prediction: As we said before, this will be a tight defensive series. Neither team takes a ton of chances and waits for the other to make a mistate. That said, the Blues have a slight edge offensively which gives them just enough to win. Blues 4-3.

(Photos: McDonald-Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images; Brown-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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