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Game 1 Kings vs Blackhawks



Let the Madhouse begin rockin!

As you are fully aware, the Mighty Blackhawks survived a real threat from the Red Wings, winning in seven games Wednesday night… the Kings also won in seven over the Sharks in a series that didn’t seem as close as it was. Kings netminder, Jonathan Quick is on a roll, simply said, he is hot right now with a 94.8% save percentage and a playoff leading 1.54 goals against average. He is really making a case for a second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy (The Crow is 2nd in the playoffs with a 1.84 gaa). Quick could be the difference maker in this series as L.A. has not given up more than three goals in a playoff game in over 30 games. The Kings are deep, especially upfront and their forecheck is going to give the Blackhawks problems at some point in the series to Blackhawks D-men. (The Wild and the Red Wings tried the same strategy. It can work at times, but the Hawks beat the forecheck with speed and transition.)

For us Blackhawk fans, we are still waiting for the big guns to get hot and start putting the biscuit in the basket. If they do, this series could be over quick (no pun intended). Lets just state the fact that the Kings are going to get more hits in this series, but that will be in large part because the Hawks are going to possess the puck more. A lot more or so I expect. The boyz in the Indian Crest have speed that comes at you like a dragster in the quarter mile: Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp, Stalberg, Frolik, Keith, Leddy and O-du-ya. Pick your poison on any of four lines. Obviously, both teams will have matchup problems and in my opinon with Robyn Regehr, Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi on the back end, Darryl Sutter is going to have more of them. If the Kings end up chasing the Blackhawk forwards around the rink, look out, they become out of position, they're going to get tired, get frustrated, stop moving their feet at times and this results in the Kings taking penalties.

So what does this all mean?

To win this series the Blackhawks must:

- Win game 1

- Score on the power play (the power play iimproved the last 3 games of the Dead Wings series)

- If Crow gives up a bad goal, he must rebound as he did in Game 6 against the Dead Wings

- Penalty Kills must continue to remain red hot

- if there’s a team that’s worse on faceoffs than the Hawks, it’s the Kings so boyz win at the dot

Today's expected lineup:

Big Hoss - Captain Serious - Bicks

Kaner - Zus - Sharpie

Stalberg - Shawzie - Lesnar's Beyotch (Saad)

Frolik - Bollie - Krugs

On D:

Duncs - Sea Biscuit

Hammer - O-do-ya

Rozsival - Ledpipe

Sportsfans this is going to be a great series of which I expect some bumps in the road for the Blackhawks. With that said, Blackhawks win the series in 7 games.

Go get em boys! I know you can do it!

Go Blackhawks!


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