The Los Angeles Kings are still celebrating their Stanley Cup triumph, but even as they are feted in Southern California, Canada and elsewhere, they are making plans to prepare for the 2014-15 season.
The Kings will have many competitors trying to take their beloved chalice away from them, and perhaps no team will have a better chance of doing so than the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings eliminated the Blackhawks in seven hard-fought games in the Western Conference Final, while the Blackhawks beat the Kings in the same round in 2013 in five games.
That triumph propelled Chicago to last year's Stanley Cup.
If the Blackhawks are going to get back to the championship, they know they are going to have to find a way to overcome the formidable champions.
While both teams will make changes as a result of free agency, trades and the draft, here's an early look at each team's advantages in this key NHL rivalry.