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Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues: Keys to the series

What the Kings and the Blues must do to win their best-of-seven first-round NHL playoff series, which starts Tuesday.

April 29, 2013
  • Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) shoots while being defended by St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen.
Los Angeles Kings center Trevor Lewis (22) shoots while being defended… ( Chris Lee / Associated Press )

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KINGS

They must: be prepared for a bruising series against a team seeking to avenge being swept out of the second round by the Kings last spring; get scoring from others besides Jeff Carter; find this spring's Dwight King, the winger who surprisingly scored five goals in 20 games last spring.

BLUES

They must: get exceptional performances from goaltender Brian Elliott, who worked his way back from being the third man in a two-man rotation; get contributions from winger T.J. Oshie, who missed 15 games because of an ankle injury; stand up to the Kings' physicality but avoid stupid penalties.

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