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PHT Morning Skate: Blackhawks look to tie up Kings in Game 4

May 26, 2014, 8:15 AM EDT

Tyler Toffoli, Corey Crawford AP

Game 4 at Staples Center has a bit of a funky feel to it.

The Los Angeles Kings have a 2-1 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks and have looked rather convincing winning Games 2 and 3. The Kings’ wins in Games 2 and 3 have seen the offense look strong. Chicago will look to tie up the series tonight, but they’ll need to see the Corey Crawford from the previous rounds to make an appearance.

Game 4: Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks [Los Angeles leads series 2-1] (9:00 p.m. — NBCSN)

The talk following Game 3 was all about how well the Kings’ second line played. “That 70s Line” made up of Jeff Carter at center and youngsters Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson has given Chicago everything they can handle. The success that line had in Game 3 threw the Blackhawks for a loop and it’s Carter’s ability to finish that has coach Darryl Sutter raving.

The big issue for Chicago matching up with that line has been at center. Carter’s play up the middle has made Michal Handzus, Peter Regin, and Andrew Shaw look bad and created issues matching up against them. With Jonathan Toews busy matching up against Anze Kopitar, the Kings have won the battle with their other lines.

That issue along with Crawford coming back to Earth in the past two games has made things feel a bit uneasy for the ‘Hawks. For what it’s worth, L.A.’s success hasn’t gone to Dustin Brown‘s head, so he’s got that going for him which is nice. Joel Quenneville hasn’t looked into making any drastic changes for Game 4 and that means it’s up to the same crew to figure things out.

What to watch for: If Patrick Sharp‘s late goal in Game 3 was the thing he needed to start turning his game around.

  1. patthehockeyfan - May 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    The words “Darryl Sutter” and “raving” in the same sentence? I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

    Despite the Hawks’ losses in the last two games, they’ll figure it out. They’re a good, strong team and will give the Kings a tough remainder of the series. Still, I’m hoping the Kings will prevail.


  2. bhawksrule - May 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Johnny Oduya better have a comeback game after that abysmal -3 and turnover prone play last game, i’m honestly surprised he didn’t get scratched for this game. Blackhawks *should* be able to tie up this series and head back to Chicago!!

    • slysipops - May 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      sure hope so ! he’s not the only Dman making dumb moves !

  3. luvusa1 - May 26, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Wild exposed some chinks in the armor against the Hawks. Can’t get away with the defensive lapses against the Kings. Once again Kings getting hot at the right time and looks like they are on their way to another cup

  4. suesawicki2000 - May 26, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    The squawks can look all they want, it’s not going to happen. GO KINGS GO!!!

  5. luvusa1 - May 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Yeah..okay, What ever-you say.

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