Three keys to Kings-Blackhawks series
1. Power play: It has become a vital weapon for the Kings. They entered the playoffs with the worst power play of any team that qualified for the postseason (15.1%), but they have been humming along at 22.9% thus far in the playoffs.
2. Road tripping: Saturday was the first time the Kings have left California since the regular season ended. And it is the first time in recent memory that the Kings move into the third round with minimal wear and tear in terms of travel. And that should help after they've had to go the distance in the first two rounds.
3. Goaltending: It's always about goaltending. A year ago, the Kings' Jonathan Quick appeared to have the clear upper hand. But the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford showed his ability to win when it mattered most. Goalies are measured by championship pedigrees and each has one ring.