Why the Kings Match Up Better with the Blackhawks in 2014 Than 2013

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Why the Kings Match Up Better with the Blackhawks in 2014 Than 2013
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The Los Angeles Kings dropped Game 1 of the Western Conference Final to the Chicago Blackhawks, losing 3-1 on the road. 

But, the Kings were the better team for much of the game, out-shooting Chicago 17-6 in the second period and 26-20 overall. 

This won't be a five-game series like it was in 2013. With the help of Marian Gaborik, a couple of young forwards and the ability to dominate with their backs against the wall, the Kings match up much better against Chicago this year. 

The Kings played back-to-back games versus the Blackhawks to open the series last year, after defeating the Sharks in seven games. Coming off a seven-game series against the Ducks this year, the Kings get a couple of days off before playing Game 2 on Wednesday.

With that said, here's a detailed look at why the Kings match up better with the Blackhawks this year. 

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