Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 1: Keys for Each Team

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 1: Keys for Each Team
Reed Saxon/Associated Press

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will renew acquaintances for the second straight year when their 2014 Western Conference Final gets underway Sunday at the United Center.

When they met last season, the Blackhawks dispatched the Kings in five games before going on to win the Stanley Cup. The 'Hawks also held the edge in 2013-14, winning all three regular-season games.

Past results may not tell the whole story: Last year's series turned out lopsided, but each game was quite close.

Both Los Angeles and Chicago have played well so far in the postseason and should carry strong momentum into Round 3.

Here's a look at the keys for each team to try to gain the edge in Game 1. The series kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 

All stats courtesy of NHL.com.

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