Hawks look to take 2-0 series lead against Kings
The Blackhawks face off against the Kings again Wednesday night on home ice, with the hopes that they can head to LA with a 2-0 lead over their conference final opponents. The Kings, despite outshooting the Hawks 17-6 in the second period of Game 1, couldn’t truly solve Corey Crawford, and Chicago also believes that there’s another level that they haven’t yet reached in the postseason.
The Kings went into Game 1 with less than forty-eight hours of rest in between their Game 7 victory against the Ducks and their first game against Chicago, where fatigue was almost certainly a factor. With two full days off between Games 1 and 2, LA will be looking to come out harder and try to tie up the series on the visitor’s ice.
For the Hawks, Crawford has been the man of the hour, keeping the score tight in games and coming up and making big saves during critical parts of games. The Hawks are also getting scoring from all of their top guys: four players (Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook, and Patrick Kane) have ten or more points in the playoffs. However, they’ll need to rely on depth to roll four lines against LA, and capitalize on turnovers and opportunities that may not come very often against the defensively-minded Kings.
Who’s Hot: Hossa had two assists in Game 1 and seven points (2 G, 10 A) in his last ten games, while netminder Crawford has posted a .962 SV% or higher in his last three contests...The King’s Jeff Carter has four points in his last six games, including an assist on the King’s only goal in Game 1.
Injury Report: Andrew Shaw (lower body) will sit out of Wednesday’s contest after practicing on Tuesday....the Kings will be without Robyn Regehr (unknown), who hasn’t been skating and doesn’t know when he will return.
Game info: 7:00 p.m. CT; NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, Chicago