The Los Angeles Kings are no strangers to 2-0 deficits, such as the one they currently face in the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. The good news for the Kings is that the next two games are in Los Angeles, where the Kings have won 14 games in a row.
The Kings trailed the Blues 2-0 earlier this postseason and were able to come from behind and take the series. The defending champs are four wins away from a trip back to the Stanley Cup Finals, but they’ll need to win four of the next five to do it.
Jonathan Quick looks to bounce back from a shaky Game 2 performance that saw the Kings goaltender yanked for Jonathan Bernier. Overall, though, Quick has been stellar this postseason with a 1.76 goals against average and a .940 save percentage. Offensively, Mike Richards has gotten things going with two goals and eight assists, while Slava Voynov has four goals and five assists. Jeff Carter also has nine points, with six goals and three helpers.
One issue for the Kings is the potential absence of Richards, who missed Game 2 with a head injury. Richards hadn’t previously missed a game all season.
Corey Crawford has been fantastic in goal for the Blackhawks as well, with a 1.68 goals against average and a .939 save percentage. Patrick Sharp has paced the offense with eight goals and six assists, while Marian Hossa has chipped in with six goals and seven assists. Duncan Keith provides Chicago with some offense from the blue line. The defenseman has a goal and nine assists in these playoffs. Patrick Kane is not to be overlooked either, with a pair of goals and eight assists despite drawing a lot of attention from opposing teams.
Expect the home crowd at the Staples Center to be rowdy for this one as they try to cheer the Kings on as they climb back into the series. Don’t miss out on all of the action, as tickets this late in the playoffs can be tough to come by. Act now and lock your spot up today.