(1) Blackhawks vs. (5) Kings
Blackhawks Leading Postseason Scorer: Marian Hossa, 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists).
Kings Leading Posteason Scorer: Mike Richards, 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists).
Blackhawks Expected Starting Goaltender: Corey Crawford (right) (8-4, 1.70 GAA, .938 SV%).
Kings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonathan Quick, (8-5, 1.50 GAA, .948 SV%).
Blackhawks Injuries: The Blackhawks are reporting no injuries.
Kings Injuries: Center Jarret Stoll (concussion) is out. Defenseman Willie Mitchell (knee) is on injured reserve.
Blackhawks with Stanley Cup bling: Bryan Bickell, LW; Dave Bolland, C; Corey Crawford, G; Niklas Hjalmarsson, D; Marian Hossa, RW; Patrick Kane, RW; Duncan Keith, D; Brent Seabrook, D; Patrick Sharp, LW; Jonathan Toews, C.
Kings with Stanley Cup bling: Jonathan Bernier, G; Dustin Brown, RW; Jeff Carter, C; Kyle Clifford, LWDrew Doughty, D; Colin Fraser, C; Matt Greene, D; Dwight King, LW; Anze Kopitar, C; Trevor Lewis, C; Alec Martinez, D; Willie Mitchell, D; Jake Muzzin, D; Jordan Nolan, C; Dustin Penner, LW; Jonathan Quick, G; Mike Richards, C; Brad Richardson, RW; Rob Scuderi, D; Jarret Stoll, C; Tyler Toffoli, C; Slava Voynov, D; Justin Williams, RW.
Something worthwhile about the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have the second best team goals against average in the postseason at 1.83.
Something worthwhile about the Kings: The Kings have the best team goals against average in the postseason at 1.54.
Something useless about the Blackhawks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Blackhawks captain/left winger Dirk Graham holds the franchise's postseason record for goals in a period. He scored three times in the first period of Game 4 of the 1992 Stanley Cup final against the Penguins.
Something useless about the Kings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Marty McSorley is the Kings' all-time leader in postseason penalty minutes with 190.
Former Penguins on the Blackhawks: Denis Bonvie, professional scout; Scotty Bowman, senior advisor - hockey operations; Daniel Carcillo, LW (Carcillo was a Penguins prospect but never played for the club at the NHL level); Marian Hossa, RW; Norm Maciver, assistant general manager; Michal Rozsival, D.
Former Penguins on the Kings: Luc Robitalle, vice president - business operations; Rob Scuderi, D.
Who needs to be the difference for the Blackhawks: Crawford. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is playing at an elite level once again. Crawford needs to match him in this regard. He can't allow any soft goals because Quick isn't going to let any get by him.
Who needs to be the difference for the Kings: Rob Scuderi, Robyn Regher, Drew Doughty (above), etc. The Kings' stout blue line needs to limit the quality scoring chances the Blackhawks elite core of offensive forward can generate. Few teams can boast the depth Chicago has up front. Los Angeles' defensemen will have their hands full.
Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Blackhawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's overtme goal in a 3-2 win against the Sharks in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference final:
Best Kings YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Kings captain/center Wayne Gretzky's overtime goal against the Maple Leafs in a 5-4 win in Game 6 of the 1993 Campbell Conference final:
EN Prediction: No team is playing quite as well as the Kings at this point. They had a tough time with the Sharks in the semifinal round but they still played their rough and tumble slow defensive style of hockey for the most part. Combine that with with a decided advantage in net and the Kings will make a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Kings, 4-2.
(Photos: Crawford-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Doughty-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)