I'll admit, I haven't watched a lick of of the NHL playoffs this year and I likely won't, not unless there is a game that goes to goes to 3OT or longer. I just check the box score at around midnight or if someone mentions the score or whatever here on LGK or Facebook.
I think the glaring difference between the Hawks and Kings is that the Hawks still show up to play during the regular season. It's certainly enough to get them that #1 seed easily whereas the Kings can't even beat the crappy teams to save their playoff chances. No idea what the Hawks are doing in the playoffs, is it more that they're getting completely shut down or their players just didn't show up? Maybe all the young players on the Hawks are feeling too much pressure? I think there are Hawks fans that think Toews's game has really fallen off. But like jammer said, the Hawks fans just feel like they don't "have it" this year as opposed to "let's blow this team up!". In a way, the playoffs can be such a crapshoot because when you lose 4 games, you're done. Yet on the other side of the coin, winning 4 games in a series means you're just that much better.