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The Blackhawks will be appearing in their third consecutive conference final — eliminating Nashville and sweeping Minnesota to advance this time — and have won the Stanley Cup twice in the last five seasons.
Deep, fast and familiar with what it takes to endure such matchups, Chicago nearly reached the Stanley Cup Final last season but lost Game 7 of the conference finals in overtime to the eventual champion Kings. Chicago has beaten the Ducks in two of three meetings this season.
Ducks offense vs. Blackhawks defense
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Ducks defense vs. Blackhawks offense
The Ducks are tied for second with two goals against per game in the playoffs. Chicago forward Patrick Kane has returned from a regular-season injury to be a force, with seven goals and 13 points, and center Jonathan Toews has four goals and 11 points.
The Ducks' postseason power-play success (31%) is better than any team's, and they're fifth in penalty killing after ranking 15th during the regular season. Chicago is fifth in the power play after ranking 20th in the regular season, and its penalty killing has slumped to 72% following a regular-season top-10 showing (83.4%).
While both teams are impressive at home — the Ducks were 26-12-3 in the regular season and 5-0 in the postseason — each has won at the opposing building this season. The Blackhawks were 24-12-5 during the regular season at the United Center, but were shut out by John Gibson there on Oct. 28.