L.A. Kings counting on home record to keep Cup hopes alive

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford comes out of his crease to block a shot from Los Angeles...

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford comes out of his crease to block a shot from Los Angeles Kings' Tyler Toffoli (73) in the first period during Game 2 of their NHL Western Conference finals playoff hockey game in Chicago, Illinois, June 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. - Before they allow a whiff of panic to seep in, the Los Angeles Kings will count on their home record to keep Stanley Cup repeat hopes alive.

Of course with an opponent that is almost as strong at home – and with an extra game at Chicago's United Centre should this Western Conference final go the distance – the challenge is still a strong one.

After the Hawks swept Games 1 and 2 in the Windy city, they pushed their home record to 8-1 thus far in these playoffs while the Kings, who play host to games here on Tuesday and Thursday, are 7-0 at the Staples Center.

 


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