3 reasons the Los Angeles Kings didn't win the Stanley Cup

The Los Angeles Kings won't win the Stanley Cup as they have been eliminated.
Los Angeles Kings v Edmonton Oilers - Game Five
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Special teams absolutely destroyed the Los Angeles Kings in this series

It is one thing to be considerably worse at five-on-five in the NHL. When a team is as fast and talented as the Oilers, it makes sense.

However, the domination of special teams killed the Kings in this one. We talked about McDavid and Draisaitl already but not their work on the power play. These two and the rest of the squad clicked at a remarkable 45.0 percent when on the man advantage.

With complementary pieces like Zach Hyman, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Evan Bouchard amongst others on the unit, it is not surprising that they are this good.

The 45.0 percent leads all playoff teams through the first round. Taking penalties against the Oilers is a bad idea and the Kings did it a lot.

It doesn't stop there. The Kings went a solid 0 percent on their power play. That's right. The Edmonton Oilers penalty kill operated at a 100 percent rate during the first round.

You simply aren't going to win a playoff series (let alone a Stanley Cup) if you can't score a single power-play goal. That is especially true when you give up power-play goals like nobody's business.

It just wasn't a good series for either unit (PP, PK) and it cost Los Angeles big time. They aren't as good of a team as the Oilers in a lot of ways so they won't be winning the Stanley Cup this year.