Game 4 Preview : Slam Dunc'd

Harry How

Chicago Blackhawks (10-5) @ Los Angeles Kings (9-7) CHI leads 2-1 8pm - Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA TV: NBCSN Radio: 720 AM WGN

Series Schedule/Results

Date Score W. Goal
Jun 12 '13
Jun 10 '13
Jun 08 '13
Jun 06 '13
Jun 04 '13 CHI 1 at LAK 3 S. Voynov
Jun 02 '13 LAK 2 at CHI 4 B. Bickell
Jun 01 '13 LAK 1 at CHI 2 M. Hossa

Congratulations to Jeff Carter, whose dirty antics where just sneaky enough to get Duncan Keith suspended for tonight's game. Brendan Shanahan pretty much told everybody that Keith's high stick was in reaction to Carter "chopping down" on his exposed hand. I'm sorry, but if you intentionally try to smash an exposed hand with your stick you deserve to get whacked in the mouth. The problem is, you aren't allowed to hit people in mouth with your stick so Dunc's suspension is valid and also deserved. So who has to step up in Keith's absence tonight? Everybody! It's not just Sheldon Brookbank, who will replace Keith in the lineup tonight, that needs to "bring it" tonight, its all 18 forwards and 6 defensemen. One person can not replace #2 so the whole team needs to play a smarter more responsible game tonight. Their best players need to be their best players tonight. Patrick Kane has been under attack by Chicago's media for being "invisible." The fact is Kane and Jonathan Toews have combined for just 17 points in the playoffs so far. Tonight would be the perfect time for one of those guys, if not both, to finally have that breakout playoff game. If the Hawks start off with the energy they had to end Game 3 they should be fine. And for God's sake, when you have a chance to shoot get the damn puck to the net! 20 shots on Jonathan Quick is not nearly enough to get the job done.

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 (just a guess)

Niklas Hjalmarsson - Brent Seabrook
Michal Rozsival - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Sheldon Brookbank

Goaltender

Corey Crawford 10-5, 1.70 GAA, .938 save %, 1 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Sharp 15 8 6 14 4 6 1 2
M. Hossa 15 6 7 13 5 2 3 1
P. Kane 15 2 8 10 3 4 0 0
D. Keith 15 1 9 10 5 14 0 0
B. Bickell 15 7 2 9 3 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 9-7, 1.71 GAA, .941 save %, 3 SO

Leading Scorers

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
J. Carter 16 6 5 11 5 14 1 0
S. Voynov 16 5 6 11 10 0 0 4
M. Richards 14 2 8 10 4 8 1 0
J. Williams 16 6 2 8 4 8 1 2
A. Kopitar 16 2 5 7 1 10 0 1

Team Playoff Stats

HAWKS STAT KINGS
15 GP 16
10 W 9
5 L 7
1 OT 2
0 P 0
0.667 P% 0.563
2.67 G/G 2
1.87 GA/G 1.69
15.6 PP% 17
96.2 PK% 86.3
32.6 S/G 25.2
27.9 SA/G 29
47.4 FO% 47.1

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