May 15, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) looks on after giving up a goal to Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) as center Antoine Vermette (50) defends during the second period of game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
It's been a while since we did an open thread on here but tonight's a big one with the Martin Hanzal-less Phoenix Coyotes traveling to Staples Center to take on the Kings in Game 3 of the conference finals with their season more or less on the line.
Corey of the excellent new NHL Numbers site has been tracking scoring chances for this series thus far and they've been every bit as lopsided as anyone who watched those two games would expect. The Kings have outchanced the Coyotes 35-25 at even-strength and 51-34 overall. Especially ridiculous has been Anze Kopitar's performance so far. The Kings star center, who should really be the Conn Smythe frontrunner at this point, is +11 in scoring chances through two games.
The puck drops shortly after 6PM PST on NBC Sports. Enjoy the game and, if the Kings win and you're hit by the crippling realization that the Sharks are very likely to be the only California team without a Stanley Cup after mid-June, please drink responsibly.