WARR’s hockey writer Sidney Brown offers his takes on the Blackhawks throughout their postseason run as well as predictions on the rest of the NHL
Whether you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan, a fan of the Los Angeles Kings or just a hockey fan, the Western Conference Finals series these two teams have provided us has been a classic with epic flows back and forth from both teams, each fighting for a chance to represent the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals and cement themselves as the current class of the NHL, a valid point given these two teams won the last two Western Conference championships and the last two Stanley Cups.
Keep this in mind Hawks fans before you settle in to watch Game 7 (Tonight, 7 PM CT, NBCSN), the road team has a record of 5-1 in Game 7s in this year’s playoffs and playing a seventh game at home does not guarantee a victory, just ask the Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and the Boston Bruins — all home ice holders in their decisive games, all will be joining us fans in watching tonight instead of being in action themselves.
Clearly the Hawks have the momentum given their last two wins and they’ve played as well at home this postseason as anyone in the NHL, but the Kings have played with their backs against the wall since the playoffs started. After winning two Game 7’s on the road already in this year’s playoffs, L.A. might have felt out of sorts playing with a 3-1 lead earlier in the series. There’s a chance the Kings come into Chicago on a letdown but there’s no reason for them to lack confidence that they can make history once again.
History will be made at the United Center on Sunday night one way or the other when it’s all said and done…so will the Hawks finish the comeback down 3-1 for the second consecutive season in front of their fans? Will the Kings win their third consecutive Game 7 on the road and slay the dragon from last year’s loss? This is for all the marbles and a chance to play the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals. Expect a contest that will be fun and exciting to watch and one of the best examples of playoff hockey you’ll see this year.
Game 7 Players to Watch
Brandon Saad’s Breakout Game Just the Beginning (Chicago Sun-Times)
Kopitar is the Best Remaining Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (SB Nation)
Blackhawks to Face Tough Task of Stopping Justin Williams (CSN Chicago)
Final: Blackhawks 2, Kings 1
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