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Morning Skate: Which NHL playoff teams can win 4 straight games?

Spoiler: Not many.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.

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Depending on how the NHL playoff games on Monday play out, we might be on the edge of a rather tidy first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Capitals, Sharks and Stars all have a chance to take commanding 3-0 series leads over their playoff dance partners tonight. Now, that's not necessarily a death sentence. Four teams in history have rattled off four straight wins to win a series. The most recent was the Kings in 2012-13, when they overthrew the Sharks.

So let's assume all three of those aforementioned teams wins tonight. Which of their opponents has the best shot at doing what the Kings did? We'll measure their odds using our brand new, nonsensical and totally made up highly scientific and renowned Kingly Quotient.

Philadelphia Flyers

They're missing Sean Couturier, their best penalty killer, and facing the best power play in the playoffs. Philly also has just one goal in two games. It'll be over.

Kingly Quotient: Henry VIII. Seriously. Go Google him. He was the worst.

Minnesota Wild

Devan Dubnyk has been excellent in net, and they were one telekinetic bounce away from probably sending Game 2 into overtime. If they can hang in there and get a few bounces (the right way this time) then maybe they'll steal a game or two. But not four.

Kingly Quotient: Six out of 10 Kings. Kind of like the Bourbon Dynasty in France. And we all know how that ended.

Los Angeles Kings

Boy, you think Sharks fans would get nervous if their team took a 3-0 lead over L.A.? That's tempting history to repeat itself. And the Kings are well-equipped to repeat history again.

Kingly Quotient: The same odds of someone eventually hitting Old King Cole over the head with one of his damn fiddles after the thousandth time he called for them. Likely.


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