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8: Kings-Blackhawks WCF Game 2 Preview

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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks (United Center)

Time: 5:00 PM

TV: RDS, TSN, NBCSN

Enemy reading: Second City Hockey

Blackhawks (projected) lineup:

Bickell-Toews-Hossa
Saad-Handzus-Kane
Sharp-Regin-Versteeg
Bollig-Kruger-Smith

Keith-Seabrook
Oduya-Hjalmarsson
Leddy-Rozsival

Crawford

Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin, Andrew Shaw; Scratched: Jeremy Morin, Joakim Nordstrom, Sheldon Brookbank, David Rundblad

Kings (projected) lineup:

Gaborik-Kopitar-Brown
Pearson-Carter-Toffoli
Clifford-Stoll-Williams
King-Richards-Lewis

Muzzin-Doughty
Mitchell-Voynov
Greene-Martinez

Quick

Injured: Robyn Regehr; Scratched: Jeff Schultz, Jordan Nolan, Andy Andreoff, Patrik Bartosak, Derek Forbort, Colin Miller, Scott Sabourin, Nick Shore, Jordan Weal, Brayden McNabb, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Linden Vey, Andrew Campbell, Colin Fraser

Game Notes:

  • The Kings played a solid game one - although the third period & game didn't end optimally, a tired team managed to (mostly) hold its own against a good Blackhawks team at home. Take a look at the underlying series numbers that Robert & Nick are putting. up. I saw something (probably from LAKI?) about the consensus in the Kings locker room that they were okay, but not quite good enough to win, and that seems about right.
  • A couple of minor lineup changes for tonight: apparently the Blackhawks will be swapping Brandon Saad for Patrick Sharp on their second line, and it looks like Matt Greene will draw back in for the Kings while Jeff Schultz will (blessedly) sit out. Based on line rushes from practice, the Kings might also be mixing up their bottom six, bumping Kyle Clifford up to the third line, and sending Trevor Lewis back down to the bottom line.
  • Let's all take a second to swoon over Tyler Toffoli, who was so good in game 1. Isn't he just the greatest? Yes, yes he is. We looooove him.
  • ~Fun With Numbers~ from Extra Skater.
  • Prediction: Kings win, what else, 4-1.