Third-round preview: Coyotes-Kings

Updated: May 9, 2012, 12:54 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

One could only imagine what Jack Kent Cooke, the original owner of the Los Angeles Kings, would have said in 1967 if told the Kings would one day play the Phoenix Coyotes in the NHL's Western Conference finals.

A team in Phoenix? And the Kings survived all these years in Los Angeles?

Well, yes, Mr. Cooke, all true.

And there's Wayne Gretzky. His imprints are on this series, too. With hockey lagging in L.A. almost 24 years ago, he agreed to a trade from Edmonton ...

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