The Los Angeles Kings are back in town, however the circumstances are not what they had hoped. They left for Chicago after game four against the Chicago Blackhawks hoping they would be returning to Los Angeles with a spot in the Stanley Cup Final all locked up.
Instead, the Kings are coming back to Los Angeles with a sixth game on the horizon and a second opportunity to eliminate the Blackhawks from the playoffs.
The series is headed back to California because the Kings suffered a heart breaking 5-4 loss to Chicago in double overtime of game five. Who scored the goal? None other than former King, Michal Handzus.
The Kings came up just short in the end after battling back from a 3-1 deficit early in the game. A difference maker in the game was Blackhawks forward, Patrick Kane. Kane was held pointless in the firs four games of the series, however grabbed three assists in the first 11-minutes of game five and four by games end. See a trend there?
For the Kings to grab the second and final spot in the Stanley Cup final they will have to find a way to keep Kane at bay like they did in games one through four.
On the Kings’ side of the puck, Dustin Brown has scored two goals in the last two games for the Kings after being held to just two goals in the 17-games before that. He has scored some opportune goals for the Kings in the past, including a game tying goal in the second period of game five. Watch for Brown to try and continue his goal streak.
Can the Kings lock up a date with the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final, or will the Blackhawks force a decisive game seven back in Chicago?
Puck drop is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time.