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Blackhawks - Kings preview - 05-18-14

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Blackhawks vs. Kings

Blackhawks Leading Regular Season Scorer: Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook (right) 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) each.

Kings Leading Posteason Scorer: Anze Kopitar (below), 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists).

Blackhawks Expected Starting Goaltender: Corey Crawford, 8-4, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%.

Kings Expected Starting Goaltender: Jonathan Quick, 8-6, 2.72 GAA, .914 SV%.

Blackhawks Postseason Statistics

Kings Postseason Statistics

Blackhawks Injuries: Center Andrew Shaw ("lower body") is quesionable. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Kings Injuries: Defensemen Willie Mitchell ("lower body") and Robyn Regehr ("upper body") are questionable.

Blackhawks with Stanley Cup bling: Bryan Bickell, LW; Brandon Bollig, LW; Sheldon Brookbank, D; Corey Crawford, G; Michal Handzus, C; Niklas Hjalmarsson, D; Marian Hossa RW; Patrick Kane, RW; Duncan Keith, D; Nikolai Khabibulin, G; Marcus Kruger, C; Nick Leddy, D; Johnny Oduya, D; Michal Rozsival D; Brandon Saad, LW; Brent Seabrook, D; Patrick Sharp, LW; Andrew Shaw, C; Ben Smith, RW; Jonathan Toews, C; Kris Versteeg, LW.

Kings with Stanley Cup bling: Dustin Brown, RW; Jeff Carter, C; Kyle Clifford, LW; Drew Doughty, D; Matt Greene, D; Dwight King, LW; Anze Kopitar, C; Trevor Lewis, C; Alec Martinez, D; Willie Mitchell; D; Jordan Nolan, C; Jonathan Quick; G; Mike Richards, C; Jarret Stoll, C; Slava Voynov, D; Justin Williams; RW.

Something worthwhile about the Blackhawks: The Blackhawks have the league's best penalty kill at 91.3 percent.

Something worthwhile about the Kings: The Kings have scored the most goals per game in the postseason at 3.21.

Something useless about the Blackhawks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first team to ever sweep the Penguins in a postseason series was the Blackhawks in a 1972 quarterfinal round.

Something useless about the Kings that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former left winger Chris Kontos holds the Kings' record for most goals in a single postseason. He had six in 1989.

Former Penguins on the Blackhawks: Dennis Bonvie, professional scout; Marian Hossa, RW; Norm Maciver, assistant general manager; Michal Rozsival, D.

Former Penguins on the Kings: Glen Murray, development consultant; Jake Muzzin, D (Muzzin is a former Penguins draft pick who never played for the organization); Luc Robitaille, president business operations.

Who needs to be the difference for the Blackhawks: Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, etc. The Blackhawks' defense needs to limit the damage the Kings' skilled forwards can do by preventing how much they touch the puck.

Who needs to be the difference for the Kings: Jonathan Quick. An early candidate for the Conn Smythe Trophy, he needs to keep stealing goals and games for the Kings.

Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Blackahawks defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Sharks in Game 3 of a 2010 Western Conference final:

Best Kings YouTube Video We Could Find: Kings center Wayne Gretzky's overtime goal in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs in the 1993 Campbell Conference final:

EN Prediction: With a matchup this even, it will come down to goaltending. We'll give Quick the edge over Crawford. Kings 4-3.

(Photos: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images and Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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