Saturday, May 24, 2014
W2W4: Blackhawks vs. Kings (Game 3)
By Scott Powers
LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at the Staples Center on Saturday. The series is tied 1-1. Here's what to watch for:
* The Kings stole home-ice advantage away from the Blackhawks by rallying from a 2-0 deficit and scoring six unanswered goals in Game 2 in Chicago on Wednesday. The Kings are 3-3 in their own building in the playoffs this season.
* Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is expected to play after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. He’ll likely replace Peter Regin as the third-line center.
* Kings forward Jeff Carter is coming off a hat trick and four points in Game 2. He has two career playoff hat tricks.
* The Blackhawks allowed a total of two power-play goals in each of their first two series. The Kings scored two power-play goals in Game 2. The Kings made the Blackhawks pay for consecutive penalties in the first six minutes of the third period Wednesday.
* After being even in faceoffs in Game 1, the Kings dominated at the dot in Game 2. The Kings won 43-of-70 faceoffs. Jarret Stoll and Anze Kopitar combined to win 29-of-43 faceoffs. Marcus Kruger was the only Blackhawks player to win more than 50 percent of his faceoffs.
* The Blackhawks have lost the road opener in their last nine playoff series dating back to 2010.
* Kings coach Darryl Sutter may look for different line matchups having the last change at home. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville matched the teams’ top two lines against each other. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Kopitar each have one point in the series.
* Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been really good in the Kings’ wins. He stopped 268-of-281 shots for a .954 save percentage in nine playoff wins this season. He's had a .849 save percentage (157-of-185 shots) in their seven losses.
* Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed five goals on 30 shots in Game 2. He allowed 20 goals on 161 shots for a .876 save percentage in the Blackhawks’ five playoff losses this season. He made 260 saves on 272 shots for a .956 save percentage in their nine wins.