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Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks takes place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals Game 1 on Saturday afternoon, with both teams limping through their second round playoff ties against lower seeded teams. However, both teams will know the pressure is really on now, and it is make or break time to claim the conference title. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
This is the Western Conference Final many had predicted earlier in the season. However, neither made their way here easily – both needing seven games to claim victory in their respective semifinals.
This first game will take place in Chicago, and the Blackhawks will understand the importance of getting off to a fast start and a win to take full advantage of their home fans.
The Kings will be oppositely hoping to steal an on the road win, so that they can turn the screw when they return home to Los Angeles.
To get here, the Blackhawks had an easy First Round win in the Playoffs, needing just five games to wipe out the Minnesota Wild. However, they were stunned a little by the Detroit Red Wings in the Semifinals and were pushed to the brink, falling behind 3-1 before claiming three straight wins in a row to sneak the win.
The Blackhawks are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since their Stanley Cup winning 2009-2010 season.
The Kings meanwhile have looked wobbly in both their two rounds in the Playoffs to get here, but have still managed to get through.
The defending Stanley Cup champs got off to the worst possible start in the playoffs by losing two straight games to the St Louis Blues. But they then got into gear and won six in a row, and got their noses out front against the San Jose Sharks in the Semifinals. But they were pushed back, and they ended up needing all seven games to come through.
Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks takes place in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals Game 1 at 5 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.