After splitting the past two Western Conference Final series and winning the past two Stanley Cup titles, the defending champion Kings and Blackhawks have earned a lot of respect, including each other's. They will decide their three-game season series at United Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN) in the Kings' first return to Chicago since winning in overtime of Game 7 to advance to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.
"We're excited," Kings forward Tyler Toffoli said after a well-attended optional morning skate. "It was a really fun series. Obviously when you win, it makes it even more fun. You look back and you think of what we did, but at this time of the season you've got to forget about it and be ready to play."