SUNDAY'S NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW
May 18, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LOS ANGELES KINGS (0-0) AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (0-0), 3 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings will kick off their second straight Western Conference title clash Sunday afternoon, as the defending Stanley Cup champions host Game 1 from the Windy City.
The Blackhawks eliminated Los Angeles in five games during last spring's West finals, but the series was hardly a blowout. Chicago outscored the Kings by a combined 14-11 margin in the series and clinched the set with a 4-3 double- overtime victory.
Last season's playoff encounter was the second meeting between the clubs in the playoffs. Chicago also beat the Kings in five games during the 1974 quarterfinals.
The Blackhawks went 3-0 against L.A. in the 2013-14 season series and has claimed five of the last six regular-season matchups against the Kings.