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L.A. was unstoppable on their way to winning the 2011-12 Stanley Cup, never once facing elimination.
In 2012-13 they faced elimination twice and went 1-1.
This year they've been tested again and again, going 6-0 in elimination games. The Kings showed signs of fatigue against the Blackhawks last year and never played their best hockey late in any of their three series. This season they've shown they can dominate when their backs are against the wall. This is largely due to their depth, which should be a difference-maker again late in this series.
The Kings have four excellent centers in Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Jarret Stoll and Mike Richards, who are capable of playing a variety of roles. The Blackhawks are more limited. Jonathan Toews matching up versus Kopitar may be a wash, but with Michal Handzus, Peter Regin and Marcus Kruger filling out the middle, it's L.A. with a distinct advantage.
On defense it's the Blackhawks who have an edge, allowing an average of 2.15 goals per game to the Kings' 2.67. But remember, those numbers are heavily influenced by Quick's poor play early against the Sharks and Crawford's incredible play of late. With Jeff Schultz proving he can play big minutes if needed and Willie Mitchell healthy again, the Kings may have a tiny advantage on the blue line, at least in terms of depth.
As for Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford, that looks like a tossup.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.