I think Kings have a deeper talent pool on the back end. Hawks would have the edge up front, but again the Kings are slowly growing and with depth. Goaltending, def. in the favor of the Kings.
Hawks back end is new and young and will take some time to gel. Saturday marked the first time all season the Hawks were actually healthy.
I'll give the Kings the edge in goaltending but look what the Hawks do against good goalies.
As enthusiastic as I am about the Kings' back end, I do like the depth of Chicago's defense. I will give the Kings the edge in goal, although Turco did steal the show during their last meeting. Los Angeles is great up front and still have a lot of depth at the forward positions with players either waiting in the wings in Manchester or further developing their skills in junior.
For me, though, again, it comes down to the cap. If the Hawks can find a way to free themselves of the Huet contract and trade Campbell for a cheaper defenseman, then good for them. Until then, though, the option of acquiring another forward or defenseman is the Kings' biggest advantage over the Blackhawks right now.
HUET IS NOT ON THIS TEAM. He is playing in Europe. The Hawks are still paying him but it does not count against the cap. Campbell may be over paid but it an extremely valuable member of the team, just look how they struggled to start the season and when he was hurt last year.
The old GM Dale Tallon is the one who signed guys like Buff, Versteeg, Huet, Hossa and Campbell to big contracts. The new contracts of Keith, Kane and Toews are much more cap friendly.
Few teams can compare to our depth on defense: Keith, Seabrook, Soup, Campbell, Boyton, Cullimore, Hendry, Scott and #1 blue line prospect Nick Leddy in Rockford who started the season with the team.
Then at forwards: Kane Toews Stalberg, Hoosa, Bolland, Sharp while the back 2 lines are a mix of vets and young guys who are getting used to playing together but the 4th line of Dowell Skille and Bickell have been very productive
Can't wait to see the Hawks vs Kings on the 27th
Blackhawks are 2-0 against the Kings this year. One in Chicago and one in LA. My only question is where is the offense for the Kings because your goalie can't get a shutout every night
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