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PHT Morning Skate: Where the Kings are the oddsmakers’ favorites

Dustin Penner, Slava Voynov, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards

Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Penner (25) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Phoenix Coyotes with teammates Jeff Carter (77), Slava Voynov (26) and Mike Richards (10) in overtime during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Tuesday, May 22, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-3, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

If you’ve got money down on the Stanley Cup finals, chances are you’re betting on the L.A. Kings to beat New Jersey. So say the oddsmakers anyhow. (Toronto Sun)

Mike Richards and Peter DeBoer have history that goes back to junior hockey. (LA Kings Insider)

Bob McKenzie says the Devils’ defense might struggle with the size of the Kings’ forwards. (TSN)

Former Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey loves how Jonathan Quick carries the team. (Kings)

Lou Lamoriello says the Devils “are back where you want to be” in the Stanley Cup finals. (Fire & Ice)

Dave Taylor has been involved with the Kings for a long time and his imprint is still on the team. (Kings)

The “trade Rick Nash” derby will begin in earnest in the summer. For real. (Columbus Dispatch)