May 12, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (77) shoots the puck past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) for a goal in the second period in game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Blackhawks have secured their spot in the Western Conference Finals and now look to California to see who will be their opponent for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blackhawks had a good record against both of the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks during the regular season, but this is the playoffs and you can throw out the regular season records come May.
The Blackhawks were 3-0-0 against the LA Kings during the regular season and they defeated them in five games last season in the Western Conference Finals. The Kings of course have Jonathan Quick as their goalie and that’s a huge backstop. The Kings are a tough hard-nosed team that hits like the Blues, but on most night’s Darryl Sutter keeps the Kings offense tight and not a high flying act even though it was most of the Kings stars scoring goals for Team Canada in Sochi.
The Blackhawks were 2-0-1 against the Anaheim Ducks this past season and they are led by their Hart Trophy Finalist and Captain Ryan Getzlaf who proved his toughness in the opening round of the playoffs when he took a puck to the face had a kid and in the end won a series. The Ducks are a big physical team that appears to have found a new starting goalie in John Gibson who became the youngest goalie ever to have a shut out in his premiere.
Both teams will be difficult matchup for the Blackhawks, but if you are looking for a reason to cheer for the Kings it’s as simple as the Hawks would have home ice advantage if the Kings find a way to win two in a row and close out the Ducks!
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