Hawks Headlines: Toews' Battle with Kopitar Key to Series

The two centers are both excellent two-way players, but which player has the edge?

The Chicago Blackhawks have had a couple of days off to evaluate where they’re at as they hold a 1-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Kings, but before the two teams drop the puck in Wednesday’s Game 2, we have a fresh batch of Hawks Headlines for you this morning.

-In case you weren’t aware of this (and if you’re a Chicago sports fan, you’re definitely aware), what the Blackhawks are doing is an incredibly rare thing. You are living through a golden age in Chicago hockey, and Mark Lazerus encourages you to enjoy it. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-Nina Falcone checks in with a piece on how the matchup between Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Kings star center Anze Kopitar will impact the rest of the Western Conference Final. [CSN Chicago]

-In Game 1 at least, Toews won that battle with Kopitar, and here are some thoughts on how Joel Quenneville used the ability to dictate matchups to his advantage. [NBC Los Angeles]

-Like advanced stats? Then the crew over at the Real Fans Program has you covered in this edition of “Angry at Numbers.” [Committed Indian]

-Even if he doesn’t get back into the lineup for Game 2, Andrew Shaw is still excited to get back on the ice. [Daily Herald]

-Scott Powers rocks the house as usual as he discusses how Antti Raanta is staying ready to play in case Corey Crawford goes down with an injury. [ESPN Chicago]

-Niklas Hjalmarsson may have just regained his ability to speak, but the way he’s been playing speaks louder than words. [Chicago Tribune]

-If the Blackhawks win their third Stanley Cup title in five seasons, does the accomplishment compare to what the Chicago Bulls were able to achieve in the 1990’s? You be the judge. [CBS Chicago]

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