Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals Preview

The Western Conference Finals start on Saturday evening, and its a story of the Quick and the deadly.

The Chicago Blackhawks were deadly this season, owning the regular season from the start – with their record setting point streak.

The Los Angeles Kings have Jonathan Quick and company.

There is no Stanley Cup factor this year, one team that has been there and knows how to win it all.  The three remaining teams have all been there and done that in the last four years – so it is now a matter of who wants it more.

Both Chicago and Los Angeles will be riding high with the emotions of advancing in dramatic game seven’s in the conference semi finals.

The Western Conference teams are evenly matched – and we have another situation where we could be seeing a game seven – which is great for the National Hockey League – the more games that get played the better, especially in a season where fans were shorted only 34 games in each NHL city.

For Los Angeles it has been the Jonathan Quick show – he has stood tall in net and helped a team that has a hard time scoring more than two goals in a game.  The Kings also have Justin Williams – who is turning into a Mr. Game Seven himself.

For Chicago to be successful this series, they will need all their cylinders clicking, every player on the roster needs to play their part.  Or just keep doing what Chicago does best.  San Jose was putting up the fewest shots on goal in the playoffs, so Chicago can be very stingy in the defensive zone.

A plus for the Kings is the fact that they have won 14 straight at the Staples Center – if Chicago can’t own the Kings in their own building, the series will play out in full with Chicago being victorious at home in seven games. Taking into account neither team loses at home that is.

The Kings need to steal either game one or two in Chicago to have a really good chance at advancing to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year.

Do the Kings have what it takes to be the first repeat Stanley Cup Champions since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings?  Can Chicago prevent another decades long Stanley Cup drought?

Game 1 @ Chicago Sat June 1, 5PM

Game 2 @ Chicago Sun June 2, 8PM

Game 3 @ Los Angeles Tue June 4, 9PM

Game 4 @ Los Angeles Thu June 6, 9PM

Game 5 @ Chicago Sat June 8, 8PM*

Game 6 @ Los Angeles Mon June 10, 9PM*

Game 7 @ Chicago, Wed June 12, TBD*

*If necessary

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