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Goaltending rules the day out West

Updated: April 24, 2012, 8:03 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- The changing of the guard in the West is now complete.

The Phoenix Coyotes joined the St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings in the second round of the playoffs; a fresh-faced group signaling not only a new era in the Western Conference but also a change in style of play.

All four teams, to varying degrees, play defense-first systems and win low-scoring games when they're having success.

"I really do think it has a lot to do with team play," Coyotes ...

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