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Date/Time: Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles (CA)
The lockout put the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup banner raising celebration on hold, but on Saturday the team and its fans will finally have a chance to recognize last year's championship one last time before the title defense begins.
Not only will the Kings raise the team's first Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at the Staples Center, the players will also receive their championship rings.
The matchup on the ice should be equally exciting, because the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are two of the most talented teams in the NHL, and both have lots of star power at forward.
After losing in the first round of the playoffs again last year, the Blackhawks are determined to start this season strongly and make another Stanley Cup run.
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa are all healthy and ready to go for this game. Chicago will be relying on these three star forwards to shoulder a lot of the scoring burden this season.
They will need to perform at a high level against the Kings, because reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick is the best goaltender in the NHL.
Player to Watch: Corey Crawford
Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford's wins total, GAA and save percentage worsened last season following an impressive rookie campaign.
His performances this season will determine how far Chicago advances in the playoffs, because it cannot make another championship run if the goaltending struggles like it did last year.