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Kings' power play vs. Chicago's penalty killers: The Blackhawks were the NHL's best playoff penalty killing team after two rounds, but they have given up six power play goals in this series.
Gaborik leads all Ralph Lauren Black Watch NHL playoff scorers with 11 goals, but Kane has a history of scoring big goals in big games. The dynamic small winger has two goals and five assists over the past two games as Chicago rallied from a 3 1 series deficit.
But those three were a combined minus 6 in Game 6. Meanwhile, Chicago role player Ben Smith has scored a couple of big goals in each of the past two games.
Marian Gaborik vs. Patrick Kane: Kane is the Blackhawks' most dangerous goal scorer, and Gaborik has become that player for the Kings.
determine who'll face the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final:
Gaborik has been shut out in four of the games in this series. The Kings need him to match or better Kane's production.
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The Kings have won two Game 7 on the road this spring, and Kopitar has totaled two goals and two assists in those games. It's not much of a leap to conclude that if he has a big game, the Kings will win Game 7. Toews probably knows that as well.
Carter and Co. vs. Chicago's secondary scorers: Kings forward Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson played a major role in helping the Kings build a 3 1 series lead. They have given the Kings impressive scoring depth.
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When the Blackhawks analyze the Kings, it is like looking in the mirror.
Toews has been the more productive of the two in the series, registering three goals and three assists. Plus, he has scored four game winning goals in Chicago's 11 playoff wins this spring.
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Game 7: The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5 4 in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers. The Kings last won the Stanley Cup in 2012. He has been a visible presence. But Keith had the tying goal in third period of Game 6.
Game 7 would dictate that both defensemen play a safer brand of hockey, and that might favor Keith. Maybe it's a toss up. Both players are capable of being difference makers.
The teams have a number of similarities, including the fact they are both dangerous offensive teams. In an era when goals are challenging to produce, the winning team has scored three or more goals in all six games.
Andrew Shaw's return to the lineup in Game 3 and his elevation to Kane's line in Game 5 gave the Blackhawks a lift. Secondary scoring should be important in Game 7.
exceptional two way forwards. They have faced each other often in this series, and neither coach seems to mind that matchup. The Kings' Kopitar leads the NHL in playoff scoring with 23 points in 21 games. However, he doesn't have a goal in the Western Conference Final and has four assists in the six games.
Top two way centers Jonathan Toews, left, and Anze Kopitar have been out on the ice against each other a lot.(Photo: Gary A. ET, NBC Sports Network) might simply be to know thyself.
in terms of impact on his team.
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