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Discuss: Blackhawks hold on against Kings

Feb 17, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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For two periods, it looked like the story would be about two teams going in wildly different directions. The red-hot Chicago Blackhawks still won on Sunday, but the Los Angeles Kings nearly closed a three-goal gap in the third period, eventually falling 3-2.

Let’s get to the talking points.

  • Is this opening run good enough to make the Blackhawks the top Stanley Cup contender? If not, which team impresses you more?
  • Could Chicago be peaking too soon, though?
  • How would you compare the 2013 Blackhawks to the group that won it all?
  • Drew Doughty finally had a productive day, collecting two assists in that late flurry. Can he finally get it together?
  • On a similar note, which Kings star has been more disappointing: Doughty or Jonathan Quick?
  • The Kings are currently ranked 12th in the West with 12 standings points, leaving them four behind eighth-place Detroit. Will Los Angeles become one of the few defending champions to miss the playoffs?
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