Game Three Preview:Blackhawks Vs. Kings
CHI @ LAK
Tue Jun 4, 2013; 8:00 PM
Game three of the Western Conference Finals moves to the West Coast as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings.
Last time out, the Blackhawks got the better of the defending Stanley Cup champions in game two by a score of 4-2. Goals were scored by Andrew Shaw, Brent Seabrook,Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus.
In terms of tonight’s game three, expect a rough and tumble affair between these two teams. Game two was especially physical as both teams combined for ten penalties. Also expect a raucous Staples Center. The fans will be ready help the Kings get back in the series anyway they can. The Kings have not lost a home game in the playoffs this season. During the first two games of the series, the Blackhawks appear to be the aggressor despite the Kings outhitting them.
The key to this game is for the Blackhawks to withstand the onslaught the Kings will come at them with during the first 10 minutes of the game. The Kings will try to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the Blackhawks. For all that to subside, the visitors have to get on the board first. If the Kings score first, expect a long night either way.
Corey Crawford will be in goal for the Blackhawks and Jonathan Quick will be in goal for the home team. Crawford has outplayed the current Conn Smythe winner in the series thus far. Look for a spirited effort from Quick since he will be in front his home town fans at the Staples Center.
The Blackhawks have killed 45 of 47 penalties during their current Stanley Cup playoff run. Expect for the Blackhawks to improve on generating scoring chance via the power play.
Look for Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville to get winger Patrick Kane involved in the offense somehow. Kane is having a down postseason after tearing it up the lockout-shortened regular season. Any contributions other than assists will help the Blackhawks get closer to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance.
The Blackhawks do not want to give the Kings any type of advantages since the defending Stanley Cup champions play so much better at home. The Blackhawks will continue to stick with what has worked in the playoffs thus far. They won’t deviate from the game plan.
Injury report: Willie Mitchell is out for the season with a lower body injury for Los Angeles. Mike Richards is listed as doubtful with an upper body injury. Jake Muzzin is listed as questionable with an undisclosed injury. No injuries to report for Chicago per TSN.
Locations:1111 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Where to watch: TSN; NBCSN
Where to listen: WGN 720 AM or 97.9 FM(if preempted by Cubs game); KTLK AM 1150
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