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Why the LA Kings Will End The Blackhawks' season

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Home ice, Jonathan Quick, and the second line will be keys to the Kings’ victory.

Why the LA Kings Will End The Blackhawks' season

The Los Angeles Kings will take another shot at closing out the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. While the Blackhawks showed a lot of resilience in their double overtime Game 5 win and have a bit of momentum in their favor, I believe the Kings will finish them off to advance to the Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers.

Even coming off a loss, the Kings have some key things going their way. Here is why the Blackhawks season will end and the LA Kings will move on to the Stanley Cup Final.

Goaltending

The Kings boast a distinct advantage between the pipes with Jonathan Quick. While both Quick and Corey Crawford have been less than stellar in this series, Quick has been the steadier goaltender. After a strong Game 1, Crawford's level of play fell off a cliff. In the ensuing three games, Crawford's save percentages were: .833, .875, .800. Ugly. In addition, Crawford has allowed at least four goals in the previous four contests. Crawford played better in Game 5, but still wasn't at the level he was before the Western Conference Final. On the other hand, Quick has given up more than three goals just once in the series and that was in Game 5. 

Second Line

While the top lines have cancelled each other out, the emergence of the Kings' second line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Tanner Pearson has provided them very important secondary scoring. The trio has combined for 20 points, including 9 goals. Dubbed "That 70's line," their size and speed has caused all sorts of problems for the Blackhawk's defense. I fully expect this line to make a significant contribution in tonight's close-out game.

Home Ice

In addition, home ice advantage for the Kings tips the scales heavily in their favor. The Blackhawks have been horrendous away from the United Center with a 2-6 road record in the postseason. Although the Blackhawks still average a solid 3 goals per game on the road, they give up about 4.7 goals a contest. 

The Kings were just a goal post away from going to the Stanley Cup Final. I don't think they will let that opportunity slip again. 

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