Game 3 Preview : Death Grip Time

Harry How

Chicago Blackhawks (10-4) @ Los Angeles Kings (8-7). CHI leads 2-0. 8pm Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA. TV: NBCSN Radio: 97.9 FM The Loop

Series Schedule

Date Score W. Goal
Jun 12 '13
Jun 10 '13
Jun 08 '13
Jun 06 '13
Jun 04 '13
Jun 02 '13 LAK 2 at CHI 4 B. Bickell
Jun 01 '13 LAK 1 at CHI 2 M. Hossa

We are going to find out what the reigning Stanley Cup champions are made of tonight. Yes, they fell behind 2-0 to the St. Louis Blues and then won four straight, but they are not facing the Blues this time around. The word streak has been a theme for the Blackhawks all season long. The Kings have won all 7 of their home playoff games this season and 14 straight overall at the Staples Center. The Blackhawks are riding a 5 game winning streak but with only one of those wins away from the United Center. The Hawks did boast an 18-4-2 road record during the regular season, the best in the NHL, but are only 2-3 in the post season so far. In order to have a real good shot at winning this series, the Kings are going to have to win both Games 3 and 4 in LA. If the Hawks split and bring back a 3-1 lead back to the Chicago, this series will be all but over, especially with the way the Kings have been playing on the road. As I stated earlier, if the Kings continue to let the Hawks play their game and be pushed around, this series ends on Thursday night. LA will get a big boost from their home crowd full, so another early go will go a long way tonight. Time to send Matthew Perry, David Beckham and all the other beautiful people who show up to Kings games home crying.

Probable Blackhawks Lineup:

Forwards

Bryan Bickell - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Viktor Stalberg
Marcus Kruger - Dave Bolland - Michael Frolik

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Michal Rozsival - Nick Leddy
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 10-4, 1.67 GAA, .938 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 14 8 6 14 6 2 1 2
M. Hossa 14 6 7 13 5 2 3 1
P. Kane 14 2 8 10 4 4 0 0
D. Keith 14 1 9 10 7 10 0 0
B. Bickell 14 6 2 8 2 10 1 2

Probable Kings Lineup:

Forwards

Dustin Brown - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King - Jarrett Stoll - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Brad Richardson

Defensive Pairings

Robyn Regehr - Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Goaltender

Jonathan Quick 8-7, 1.76 GAA, .940 save %, 3 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Richards 14 2 8 10 4 8 1 0
J. Carter 15 6 3 9 3 14 1 0
S. Voynov 15 4 5 9 8 0 0 3
J. Williams 15 5 2 7 3 6 1 2
A. Kopitar 15 2 5 7 1 8 0 1

Team Playoff Stats

HAWKS STATS KINGS
14 GP 15
10 W 8
4 L 7
1 OT 2
0 P 0
0.714 P% 0.533
2.79 G/G 1.93
1.79 GA/G 1.73
16.3 PP% 19.5
95.7 PK% 85.7
33.5 S/G 25
27.9 SA/G 29.6
47.7 FO% 46.4

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