December 20th, 2013, 07:20 PM #11
Very. Chi is the only real speed team in the west. This Kings team's only Achilles heel is a speedy team.
December 20th, 2013, 08:15 PM #12
Quick struggles against them because of his style. His career numbers against the Hawks are poor. He becomes overly aggressive and Chicago has enough skill and experience to get him to over-commit and expose him.
I love the Kings forwards & defense matched up against Chicago but I would not want Quick in net. I felt he lost them last year's series.
December 20th, 2013, 08:21 PM #13
Well for all the posturing by other poster in the thread, you are brave, the Hawks scare the crap out of me, for every team in the league there is another that just has it's number, for the Kings it's the Hawks...And well the Flames as well ... Ask a Blues fan which team they don't want to face in the play offs, I would bet money they would say the Kings, the Kings own them, it's now a mental thing more than anything.
The only way around this is for the Kings to go on a scoring fest in the final two match ups this season, a tight game will not do it, the Kings need to dominate the Hawks, which the past two seasons they have failed to do. It's been since Feb 2012 that the Kings have beaten the crap out of the Hawks, that's way to long.
December 20th, 2013, 08:26 PM #14
I hope St. Louis, Colorado or Minnesota somehow manages to beat them in the 1st round.
Then after we take care of the Ducks, Sharks, Canucks/Coyotes... we get to play the Blues someone in the Conference Finals.
Obviously, if Chicago stands in our way, then I'll be very concerned. They treat us the same way we treat St. Louis... and there's no end to it.
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December 20th, 2013, 09:09 PM #15
I kinda see your point, but I mean come on, how much more satisfying would it be to walk over the Blackcocks in our path to the Stanley Cup? They got us last year, now it's our turn!
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December 20th, 2013, 09:18 PM #16
I'll be more comfortable answering this question once Martin Jones faces the Hawks.
December 20th, 2013, 09:19 PM #17
I think there is a very good chance St. Louis could take the Blackhawks out, and with the new playoff format, the Blues would probably get a crack at them before the Kings. Heck, with the wild-card set-up, Vancouver or Phoenix might play them in the first round, and both of those teams have defeated Chicago in the playoffs the past few years.
December 20th, 2013, 09:33 PM #18
Doubt Vancouver could knock them off, but if Phoenix gets rolling offensively they could easily pull off that upset. And we all know St. Louis is like us, good enough to beat anybody because of the physicality of their play.
Originally Posted by 05/29/93
Even if St. Louis doesn't beat Chicago, if they play them right before Chicago would play us, I promise you the Blues will soften and wear those boys the **** out physically. Just like what happened to us last year, we beat St. Louis but it was a bruising series and with our injuries, we weren't the same team against Chicago last year.
December 20th, 2013, 10:12 PM #19
Chicago is a good team, so are the Kings. We'll see how it shakes out. Not minding this at all.
December 20th, 2013, 10:45 PM #20
Let's not overlook the Sharks. They always give the Kings hell and they're a more likely first round matchup. Assuming there's no collapse and they miss the playoffs entirely.