Two games into the Western Conference Finals, fans might need a reminder that the Los Angeles Kings, who lead the series 2-0, are the eighth seed.
The way the Kings have rampaged their way through the playoffs -- needing just nine games to knock out the West's top two teams and then winning the first two games against the third-seeded Phoenix Coyotes -- a reminder might be in order.
Making the Kings' run even more remarkable is their perfect playoff road record, which moved to 7-0 with their 4-0 win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. The win also extended their postseason road winning streak to nine straight games, dating to last season, which ties the 1982-83 New York Islanders for most in NHL history.
So how have the Kings done it this year? Well, here are seven reasons the Kings are 7-for-7 on the road in the postseason.
1. Fast starts
No matter the venue, crowds always are louder come playoff time. That volume can be an extra push for the home team. The Kings have been able to counter the home-fan advantage by scoring first four times in their seven road games, including three straight games. And they've either led or been tied after 20 minutes in all but one road game. The only time they trailed after one period was Game 5 of the first round against the Canucks.