Los Angeles beat the Blues during its run to the Stanley Cup championship last season and swept St. Louis this season.
Coach Ken Hitchcock likes his team's chances. The Blues have won 12 of their last 15 with a mix of stingy goaltending, tight checking and just enough offence.
St. Louis won its last six at home to claim the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The Kings were the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup last year and begin their bid for a repeat as a well-respected No. 5. Game 1 is Tuesday night in St. Louis.
It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.
— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process