In the quiet visitors locker room of United Center, Anze Kopitar remembered the deafening past with a raised eyebrow.
Was it three years ago that the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks staged one of the most incredible playoff series in the modern era with the 2014 Western Conference finals?
“It’s been a while now,” Kopitar said.
The Kings have since won one playoff game, and the Blackhawks have been eliminated in the first round the past two seasons. But one aspect is the same: Kopitar is at the peak of his game with linemates that fit like puzzle pieces.
Dustin Brown and Alex Iafallo flank Kopitar, and the trio will...