CHICAGO - Any way you slice it, the Chicago Blackhawks' regular-season record is impressive.
They went 18-3-3 in home games and 18-4-2 in road games. They went 19-3-5 in one-goal games, 26-2-1 when scoring first and 10-4-4 when the opposition scored the game-opening goal.
That's not to mention the 10-1-1 record in the second game of back-to-back contests, which seems pertinent with the Blackhawks holding a 1-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings prior to hosting Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday night at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) - the second of back-to-back games here this weekend.
The Kings went 5-2-1 in the second game of their back-to-backs, but Chicago played in more and did better overall - right down to the lone regulation loss coming on the road against the St. Louis Blues on the last day of the season, when Chicago rested most of its starting lineup.
"[I've] never played back-to-back in the playoffs," Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya said Sunday morning. "During this year, too, especially with the compressed schedule, a lot of games, maybe this year [more] than any year, we're more prepared for that type of mentality coming into the second game, two games in a row there."