By the time the
Battered after defeating St. Louis in six games and San Jose in seven, the Kings fell to the Blackhawks in five games. It probably wasn't much consolation to them that Chicago went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The Kings continued to struggle against the Blackhawks this season, losing all three of their regular-season games while scoring only four goals in those defeats. They had the same number of regular-season wins (46) but the Blackhawks had more points, 107 to 100.
Here's a look at how they shape up:
Kings offense vs.
The Kings were among the
Kings defense vs.
The Kings' defense was stretched by losing
Jonathan Quick will have his name on the Jennings Trophy as the reward for the Kings giving up the fewest goals during the regular season, but he didn't have a great start in the playoffs. However, he yielded only two goals in their last three games against San Jose and only three goals in the final two games of the seven-game victory over the
The Kings' power play ranked among the league's weakest during the season, at 15.1% and has been better in the playoffs, at 22.9%. The Blackhawks' postseason power play (18.2%) isn't as effective as their regular-season 19.5%, but their penalty killing is a postseason-best 91.3%.
The Kings' 23-14-4 regular-season home record is middle-of-the-pack (and identical to their road record). They've been 3-3 at home in postseason play but won Game 7 on the road in each of the first two rounds. The Blackhawks are 6-0 at the