Konroyd's Keys: Blackhawks vs. Kings

Konroyd's Keys: Blackhawks vs. Kings

March 25, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Fast start on Kings: The Blackhawks had great starts in Dallas and Colorado, two games they went on to easily win. They struggled early against Anaheim, and got better as the game went on. They will be up against a Kings team that has not scored a goal in over 120 minutes, and who were embarrassed by the Blackhawks in the first game of the season. Not having played in five days is not always an easy task.

2. Your defense will get you offense: When the Hawks are playing sound defensively, they get more than their share of opportunities offensively. They have so much skill, even without Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, they’re never hard-pressed to find goals. But don’t try to open it up against Los Angeles -- Jeff Carter and Michael Richards have been struggling, but if you give them chances they’ll light you up.

3: Take advantage of LA’s D: Los Angeles has been playing without Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell all year long, and they were both a big part of Los Angeles' Stanley Cup win. Without those big bodies on the back end, Los Angeles is not the same team they were last year. Use your speed to generate offense down low.