Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings: NHL Playoff Preview and Prediction

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings: NHL Playoff Preview and Prediction
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The Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings will face off in the Western Conference Final. The 'Hawks knocked off the Detroit Red Wings in a fast and furious Game 7 that required overtime, becoming the first team to recover from a 3-1 series deficit since 2010.

Championship-hopeful teams thrive on the opportunity to knock off the defending champs, and the 'Hawks will have just that chance after surviving the second round by the hair of their playoff beards.

It seems like a long time ago, but on January 19 the Kings raised their Stanley Cup banner from the 2012 season in front of a roaring and wild Staples Center crowd. The opposing team that night? None other than these same Blackhawks—Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford could only stand in silence as they had their noses rubbed in their recent playoff failure.

Chicago went on to win that game by a final score of 5-2 and wouldn't lose in regulation until March 8. These two top-end teams will have the chance to prove once and for all who the biggest and baddest team in the West is en route to earning the right to play for the Stanley Cup.

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