LOS ANGELES -- The Western Conference Final is three games old and many of the storylines either are untold or unfolding in the wake of the latest suspension.
The Chicago Blackhawks will play their first game without defenseman Duncan Keith after Keith was suspended for a high stick to Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter in Game 3. It's the second straight Stanley Cup Playoff series that the Kings have seen an opposing player suspended for an illegal play; Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks was suspended for the conference semifinals for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1.
The St. Louis Blues and Sharks each had the Kings on the ropes but couldn't finish. Can Chicago take a 3-1 series lead without Keith, or will the meat-grinder Los Angeles team churn this into another best-of-3 series?