Chicago Blackhawks must crack Kings' home-ice advantage to take charge of West finals in Gm 4

Published June 05, 2013

| Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks went through a full practice at Staples Center on Wednesday without knowing whether defenseman Duncan Keith will miss their next game for high-sticking Los Angeles' Jeff Carter.

The Blackhawks realize their top defenseman's potential suspension won't matter if they can't figure out how to crack the Kings' incredible home-ice advantage.

Chicago has a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals heading into Game 4 on Thursday night, but the Kings are riding the momentum of their 15th consecutive home victory in Game 3.

Los Angeles hasn't lost at Staples Center since March 23, and the Kings can't really explain it.

The Blackhawks gave credit to the Kings' superb start in Game 3, but the Presidents' Trophy winners are confident they can match it in Game 4.

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