If you haven’t watched any of the NHL playoffs it’s still not too late to start. In fact, the Western Conference Finals could be the most exciting seven game series yet. The Los Angeles Kings come into the game with their star puck stopper, Jonathan Quick, and the Chicago Blackhawks enter Saturday night’s game with a multitude of highly touted players including Captain Jonathan Toews along with right wings Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. You may have heard of the Blackhawks’ streak to start the season of most consecutive points in a row. This was no streak of luck.
The ‘Hawks bring to the table a vast group of attackers who have shown they can score from anywhere at any time. During the shortened 48 game NHL season, the Blackhawks proved they are one of the best teams in the league. They rank second in GPG (Goals Per Game), first in GA (Goals Against), and third in penalty kill percentage. They possess all the makings of a team to reach the Stanley Cup in 2013.
What would be standing in their way of a trip to the big game? Goalkeeper Jonathan Quick. Quick has proven to be one of the best goalies in the 2013 playoffs. Throughout the playoffs he has been stellar allowing only 1.5 GPG and boasting a .948 save percentage. When Quick is on the ice, it seems to be nearly impossible to get the puck past him.
One team that will not go into the game intimidated by the Los Angeles goalie is the Blackhawks. They have many players on their roster who have been to this point in the playoffs before. Kane, Hossa, and Toews all have had the honor of skating around the ice hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2010. The trio took the trophy over the Philadelpia Flyers in six games on an overtime goal by Kane.
The Blackhawks’ firepower is a definite force to be reckoned with earning the NHL’s regular season’s best record award, the Presidents’ trophy. Kane and Toews led the team during that remarkable regular season with 23 goals each with Kane adding 32 assists to his resume. The hot hand in the playoffs has been center Patrick Sharp who’s recorded 11 points including seven goals. The 31 year old has been attacking from all over the ice frustrating every goaltender that takes to the front of the net against him.
Between Kane, Hossa, Toews and Sharp the Blackhawks will be able to frustrate Quick and put the puck in the back of the net. Their unmatched firepower can lead them to their second Stanley Cup appearance in four years. For fans across the world, the Western Conference Finals will surely be an entertaining one to watch.