It took 45 years but the LA Kings have finally won the Stanley Cup and will be sharing it with LA Saturday afternoon with the raising of the banner. Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks, who have been down this road in 2010 know exactly what needs to be done to win this hockey game.
October 9th, 2010 the Blakhawks raised the Stanley Cup winning banner vs Detroit Red Wings where the Blackhawks lost and may have been suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover from all the emotion that goes into raising the banner. And of course all the players they lost in the offseason had something to do with it as well.
With that being said, the Blackhawks have A LOT to prove this season and what better than to kick start the season with a win over the former Stanley Cup champs on their own ice after raising the banner?
Players like Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp will most likely be out for revenge in this match up and will bring their “A” games.
Kane has been battling a media frenzy with his recent actions that involved females and alcohol, but due to the lockout, Kane was spending his time overseas with his mother and being a homebody. Looks like he will be back to regain his reputation of a great hockey player.
The one problem I have with this Blackhawks team is the goaltending. Crawford to me is NOT the answer in between the pipes, but they are certainly giving him another shot this season with him being the starter. In my opinion, I expect Ray Emery to see more ice time once Crawford continues to let softies in, but we will see.
As for the Kings, it will be a ruckus night with the raising of the banner, especially with all of their new “fans” who have no idea what hockey is. Don’t take that the wrong way, I’m glad they finally won a Stanley Cup and everyone should be thanking Jonathan Quick for that.
If it was not for Quick, the Kings would have never made the playoffs to begin with. He saved them game after game, winning games by one goal, in a lot of 2-1 type games.
Will Quick continue his stellar play in net?
New contract, BIG contract, still a bit banged up, I expect him and the rest of the Kings to struggle a bit this season. Especially in game one with all the emotion of raising the banner and a hungry Blackhawks team.
Anze Kopitar, who I believe is the glue that keeps this team together, is ruled OUT for this matchup.
Call me crazy but this game is our BIG NHL pick of the day and yes I knocked down Crawford but expect the Blackhawks to squeeze a win out of this game in a tight one.
The Kings were 0-3-1 in day games last year, the Blackhawks 5-1-1. The puck drops at 3:00 PM EST
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