Kings know the path to eternal glory will most likely pass through Chicago
IT’S ALWAYS A BIG DEAL when the Kings battle the Anaheim Ducks or San Jose Sharks in a California encounter, but one matchup has surpassed that the past couple seasons. It is the de facto, tongue-in-cheek, Stanley Cup final between Los Angeles and the Chicago Blackhawks in back-to-back years.
Chicago won the Western Conference final in five games in 2013, then dispatched Boston to win the Cup. Last season, the Kings responded with an exciting and dramatic seven-game conference final triumph. D-man Alec Martinez scored the series winner in overtime of the deciding game. Los Angeles then beat the New York Rangers in the real Cup final.
Los Angeles and Chicago have now won four of the past five Stanley Cups, with only Boston getting in the middle of that run. So will this Illinois-California rivalry continue in the powerful west? Consider that for the Kings or Hawks to achieve a dynasty label by today’s definition, they’ll need another Cup.
The two teams meet Nov. 29, Jan. 28 and March 30.