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Blackhawks resting, waiting for Kings-Ducks winner

by Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks continue to try to take advantage of their time off while they await their Western Conference Final opponent to be determined.

The Blackhawks will play the Anaheim Ducks or Los Angeles Kings, who play Game 7 of their second-round series Friday at Honda Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

The conference final begins Sunday, either in Anaheim or Chicago.

"I think a bunch of us will probably be watching the game, and one way or another we'll be getting ready for Sunday, regardless who we play at this point," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Friday.

The Blackhawks have not played since Tuesday, when they defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in overtime in Game 6 of their second-round series.

"We had a decent skate yesterday, today we get to work off ice a little bit and we'll have a better, more in-tune practice based on tonight's result," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's kind of like a good time to take some days off and get your mind away from hockey and get yourself excited about what's happening next."

Chicago defeated Los Angeles in the conference final last year on the way to its second Stanley Cup in four years. The Kings won it in 2012; the Ducks last won it in 2007.

"Anaheim is definitely a hungry team that's looking to prove themselves in a way they haven't really in the last couple years," Toews said. "I think they truly believe that they're a Stanley Cup contender.

"With the L.A. Kings, they've been in the hunt the last couple years, since they've won, so those are two really, really dangerous teams to look at. They both bring something different in that way. I think L.A. has that experience and Anaheim has that real desire to prove themselves as one of the best teams in the League."

Goalie Corey Crawford mentioned the Kings' playoff success and the youthful enthusiasm of the Ducks.

"They're both really, really strong teams, so for us it's more just being focused on what we have to do and what our goal is and what our plan is to be successful in the next series," Crawford said.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that injured forward Andrew Shaw (lower body) did not skate Friday but is expected to over the weekend and play at some point in the series.

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