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Get your game notes: Kings at Blackhawks

May 21, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 02: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks near the side boards in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the L.A. Kings starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Blackhawks have won all seven of their games at United Center this postseason and have won 18 of 20 home games in the past two postseasons. (Their only losses during that span were both in Game 2s: vs. Detroit in the conference semifinals and vs. Boston in the Cup Final.) The last team to win 18 of 20 on home ice was the Edmonton Oilers (April 7, 1988-May 2, 1990). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who stopped 25 of 26 Los Angeles shots in Game 1, leads all goaltenders this postseason in GAA (1.90) and save% (.933). His numbers at home this postseason have been especially impressive.

• Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has won only seven of 25 career regular-season and playoff games (7-17-1) vs. Chicago. In his past 10 starts vs. the reigning champs, he is 2-8, with a 4.13 GAA and .874 save% (236 saves on 270 shots). He has allowed three or more goals in eight of those starts.

• Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the eventual game-winning goal in Game 1, firing a slapshot that deflected off the stick of Kings center Jarret Stoll past Jonathan Quick late in the second period. Keith’s goal was the first goal scored by a Chicago defenseman since Game 6 vs. St. Louis on April 27 (seven games).

• Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored his sixth goal of the postseason, tying him with wingers Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell for the team lead. It was the Hawks captain’s 11th career goal in 22 regular-season and playoff games with Jonathan Quick in net. Only two active players have scored more goals on Quick: San Jose’s Patrick Marleau (16 goals in 39 games) and Phoenix’s Shane Doan (13 goals in 30 games). Patrick Sharp is right behind Toews on the list, with 10 goals in 22 games.

• Kings center Anze Kopitar, who leads the NHL in assists (14) and points (19), was held without a point for only the second time in 15 games this postseason, and held without a shot on goal for only the fourth time. Including the 2013 Western Conference Final series, the Kings’ Selke Trophy finalist has been held without a point in five of six playoff games vs. Chicago.

• The Kings’ top line of Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown finished Game 1 with no points and six shots on goal. The trio, who combined for 42 points (16-26—42) in the first two rounds, were shadowed for 21 of 24 shifts by the Blackhawks’ forward line of Bryan Bickell – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa, along with the defensive duo of Niklas HjalmarssonJohnny Oduya. That Chicago forward trio combined for one goal (Toews) and two assists (Hossa), and Oduya chipped in an assist.

• The Kings, who outhit the Blackhawks 34-25 in Game 1, lead all teams this postseason in hits (662 in 15 games). (To compare, Chicago has registered 273 hits in 13 games.) The Kings have four players ranked in the top-10 in the category: Dustin Brown (81, 1st), Jarret Stoll (62, 2nd), Slava Voynov (48, 8th) and Trevor Lewis (47, 9th).

  1. purpleguy - May 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Wonder if my guy Bollig will be playing?

  2. bleedingteal4life - May 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Go Chicago Go!!

    • pirovash88 - May 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Shouldn’t you be playing golf right now?

    • ron05342 - May 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Such a shame you have to root for a team other than your own to beat the Kings. But, I guess that will forever be the life of a Sharks’ fan, given their team’s propensity for gagging at the advent of the Spring Equinox.

  3. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    LA Kings, please keep out-hitting my Hawks. That means you don’t have the puck.

  4. gret9 - May 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    That opening paragraph is a bad omen for Chicago….due for a loss and Game 2’s have been the weak link.

    Even with the Toews line against them, it is going to be hard to shut down the Kopitar line on a consistent basis.

    The King’s just scare me for several reasons. I hope the boys prove me wrong.

    Go Blackhawks!

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Regin is really going to make it hard to take him out of the lineup when Shaw returns. Love watching this guy’s effort.

    • McFaddensPulledHammy - May 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      When Shaw comes back, VerSuckness goes back to being a spectator.

  6. tfilarski - May 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    65 is out tonight. Hopefully he is ready to go Saturday for game 3 when hawks are up 2-0

  7. slysipops - May 21, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    JUST a little reminder of how fast it can happen …KING’S fans ! as JESUS said .” in a blink of the eye ” ! …………….

    • slysipops - May 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      the older gentleman with the ( of course ) # 29 jersey on is BICKLE’S dad . what a thrill it must have been to see your son tie the game so close to the end, and from so close to the ice level

  8. slysipops - May 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    DO HAWKS FANS GET EXCITED? ……….maybe just a little ! …………..

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