Western Conference semifinals notes

No. 8 Los Angeles Kings vs No. 2 St. Louis Blues

• The Kings beat Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo for seven goals in the first two games of their first-round series (and also scored an empty-net goal). Six of those seven goals beat Luongo to the stick side. The Kings also scored three of their four goals against replacement Cory Schneider to his stick side.

• The battle in front of the net could decide the series. The Blues scored nine of their 14 first-round goals against the Sharks either in front or through a screen, while the Kings allowed only four such goals against the Canucks.

• On the other side, neither Brian Elliott nor Jaroslav Halak gave up a rebound goal in the first round. St. Louis was the only team that didn’t allow one.

• The Kings were the only team in the Western Conference to advance to the second round despite losing over half of their faceoffs in the series (48.2 percent).

Dustin Brown was one of two players (Maxime Talbot was the other) to score multiple shorthanded goals in the playoffs. The Canucks as a team scored on only three of their 21 power-play opportunities, and surrendered Brown’s two shorthanded goals.

No. 4 Nashville Predators vs No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes

• Black-and-blue collar: The Coyotes led all Western Conference teams with 246 hits and 128 blocked shots in their first-round series with the Blackhawks, and killed a playoff-best 94.7 percent of Chicago’s power-play opportunities (1-for-19).

• The Predators allowed only four 5-on-5 goals in their five games against the Red Wings, the lowest of any playoff team.

• The Coyotes were outshot in all six first-round games against the Blackhawks. During the regular season, Phoenix averaged being outshot by 2.0 shots per game, 21st in the NHL. The only team in the Western Conference with a bigger deficit was their second-round opponent: Nashville was outshot by 3.2 shots per game, 26th in NHL.

• Nashville has four of the top nine plus/minus players in the playoffs. Defenseman Francis Bouillon is currently tied for the playoff lead with a plus-6 with Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux while Alexander Radulov, David Legwand and Gabriel Bourque all were plus-5 in the first round series with Detroit.

• The Coyotes scored 12 of their 17 goals either in front of the net or through screens, most in the Western Conference.