I’m a huge Hawks fan, having grown up in Chicago, and these last few years have been a stellar time to be a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. In the last five years, the Hawks have won the best trophy in sports twice and are still alive for a third in the last five years.
In order to achieve that third Stanley Cup Championship in the last five years, the Hawks will first have to get past the Los Angeles Kings in a Game Seven Sunday night in Chicago at the Madhouse on Madison (also known as the United Center)
Here are some numbers to get you ready for the final game of the Western Conference Finals to see who will play the New York Rangers in the Finals
LOS ANGELES KINGS
are 6-0 in elimination games this postseason so far, tied for the second most wins under those circumstances ever in a single postseason (the 1975 New York Islanders won 8 elimination games).
are 2-0 in elimination games this postseason, but are 5-0 in the last two seasons when their backs are against the wall.
The LA Kings are 7-1 in the last two postseasons in games in which they can be eliminated.
That one loss? To the Blackhawks last season.
The LA Kings own Game 7s. Current LA Kings players have played in a combined 77 Game 7s. The Kings players are 70-7 in those Game 7s. Gaborik, Williams, and Richards are each 6-0 in Game 7s in their career. Carter is 4-0 and Quick is 3-0. The team is 2-0 in Game 7s in this postseason.
The Blackhawks own Games 5-7 lately. In the last two seasons, the Blackhawks are 13-0 in Games 5-7, 6-0 this postseason in those games. This is the first Game 7 for the Blackhawks for this postseason.
The Kings are the third team to play all 21 possible games in the first three rounds. The 93 Maple Leafs played all 21 games and lost to the Kings. The 02 Avs played all 21 possible games and lost to the Red Wings.
Prior to this season, no team had ever faced two game sevens in the first two rounds and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Now, only the New York Rangers of this season have achieved this, and they did it by facing a Montreal team that lost its best player (Carey Price) in the first game of the series for the entire series.
The Kings struggle in the postseason in Chicago. They are 1-8 in Chicago in the playoffs with the one win coming this season in game 2. The Kings are 5-11 all time against the Blackhawks in the playoffs. In the last two seasons, the Kings are 1-5 in Chicago in the playoffs and are 4-10 against the Hawks the last two playoffs against the Hawks. The Hawks were also 3-0 against the Kings in the regular season this year.
The Blackhawks own their home ice this postseason (as they did last year). This year, the Hawks are 8-1 at home in these playoffs. They are 18-3 in the last two seasons at home in the playoffs.
Jonathan Quick comes up big in big games. This season when facing elimination, Quick is 6-0 with a 1.33 GAA and a .957 save percentage.
Crawford is big when the lights are brightest as well. He is 9-2 in his career when the Blackhawks are facing elimination.
When he has a chance to eliminate the other team, Crawford is otherworldly. In those situations he is 6-1 with a 1.4 goals against and a .950 save percentage.
Crawford at home in the playoffs this season is 8-1 with a 1.89 GAA and a .936 save percentage.
Quick in Chicago in the playoffs in his career is 1-5 with a 3.16 GAA and a .888 save percentage.
Sure the Kings have been great so far this season facing elimination, but the Hawks don’t usually let the other team up when they have a chance to close out their opponent. In the last six seasons, the Blackhawks are 12-1 with a chance to finish off the other team.
Obviously, as a Hawks fan, I believe Chicago will win, but the numbers seem to be in their favor as well. However, the game isn’t played on paper, it’s played on the ice. It should be great.