The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks are the last two teams from the Western Conference to win the Stanley Cup. The Kings are the defending champs, having won their first Cup in franchise history last year. The Blackhawks won it all in 2010, ending a 49-year drought.
To get here, the Kings won the battle of California over the San Jose Sharks in what was a closely contested seven-game series. The Blackhawks’ second-round series also went the distance. They managed to come back from being down 3-1 versus the Detroit Red Wings and win Game 7 in overtime.
The Blackhawks won the season series 2-1 over the Kings, with one of their victories coming on the first day of the lockout-shortened season.
With that said, this series should be a long one, featuring plenty of skill, physicality and most importantly, great goaltending.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.