Jonathan Toews: If he thought Round 2 was brutal, wait 'til he gets a load of the Kings. How he performs in this series could be a defining moment for the 25-year-old's career up to this point. If he can fight through the checks, keep his temper in check and score some timely goals, it'll become part of Chicago sports lore. If he loses it against Dustin Brown and Co., then it could cost his team a shot at the Stanley Cup. He needs to be at his absolute best for Chicago to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Brent Seabrook: Through the first few games against the Detroit Red Wings, Seabrook was a non-factor. Then Coach Joel Quenneville reunited him with Duncan Keith and his game took off. The defensive half of that top-pairing was outstanding through the final two games of Round 2, looking unbeatable through large stretches while making big play after big play. His defense against odd-man rushes in particular was noteworthy as Chicago's top three players were allowed to forecheck Detroit to pieces. That Game 7 OT winner doesn't hurt matters either.
Patrick Sharp: Toews and Patrick Kane may get all the praise, but lately Sharp has been the one scoring all the goals. He's been the trigger man on a loaded top line that features Chicago's top three forwards and is currently tied with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis for the goal-scoring lead in these playoffs.
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Dustin Brown: The physical force that is the King's Captain could have a field day with Chicago's top-six. That group was exposed a bit by Detroit in the second round, and even if Brown isn't finding the back of the net, he'll be making a massive impact on this series. Look for him to come out flying in the first game looking to make a pretty simple point: Justin Abdelkader doesn't have anything on me.
Justin Williams: Williams erupted for two goals in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks and looked like the former 30-goal scorer that he is. He was dangerous from all over the ice and see to gain a lot of confidence after netting his first goal of the series. He hadn't scored since Game 4 of the first round—if he can get rolling then the Kings are just that much more dangerous.
Slava Voynov: If this guy was playing on the East Coast, he'd be just as much of a story as Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins. Since he's skating for the Kings on the West Coast, no one sees him play (past their bedtimes I guess) so no one gives him credit. That will change against the 'Hawks while playing on primetime television. He has seven points so far in the playoffs and is a plus-seven while averaging over 20 minutes a game.