Five reasons the L.A. Kings are finished

L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter looks over his team during a third period time-out against the...

L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter looks over his team during a third period time-out against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final Thursday. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:36 PM ET

Dynasties in the NHL are dead.

The Los Angeles Kings have essentially the same team that stormed to the Stanley Cup championship a year ago, yet right now they are on the verge of emphatic elimination at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

With the Hawks holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final, which resumes Saturday night in the Windy City, it will take a miracle for the Kings to become the first NHL team to score back-to-back championships since the Detroit Red Wings claimed consecutive Cups in 1997 and 1998.

Here are the top five reasons the Kings will soon be cleaning out their lockers and relinquishing the title.


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