Get your game notes: Kings at Blackhawks

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the L.A. Kings starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Blackhawks have won all seven of their games at United Center this postseason and have won 18 of 20 home games in the past two postseasons. (Their only losses during that span were both in Game 2s: vs. Detroit in the conference semifinals and vs. Boston in the Cup Final.) The last team to win 18 of 20 on home ice was the Edmonton Oilers (April 7, 1988-May 2, 1990). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who stopped 25 of 26 Los Angeles shots in Game 1, leads all goaltenders this postseason in GAA (1.90) and save% (.933). His numbers at home this postseason have been especially impressive.

• Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has won only seven of 25 career regular-season and playoff games (7-17-1) vs. Chicago. In his past 10 starts vs. the reigning champs, he is 2-8, with a 4.13 GAA and .874 save% (236 saves on 270 shots). He has allowed three or more goals in eight of those starts.

• Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the eventual game-winning goal in Game 1, firing a slapshot that deflected off the stick of Kings center Jarret Stoll past Jonathan Quick late in the second period. Keith’s goal was the first goal scored by a Chicago defenseman since Game 6 vs. St. Louis on April 27 (seven games).

• Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored his sixth goal of the postseason, tying him with wingers Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell for the team lead. It was the Hawks captain’s 11th career goal in 22 regular-season and playoff games with Jonathan Quick in net. Only two active players have scored more goals on Quick: San Jose’s Patrick Marleau (16 goals in 39 games) and Phoenix’s Shane Doan (13 goals in 30 games). Patrick Sharp is right behind Toews on the list, with 10 goals in 22 games.

• Kings center Anze Kopitar, who leads the NHL in assists (14) and points (19), was held without a point for only the second time in 15 games this postseason, and held without a shot on goal for only the fourth time. Including the 2013 Western Conference Final series, the Kings’ Selke Trophy finalist has been held without a point in five of six playoff games vs. Chicago.

• The Kings’ top line of Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown finished Game 1 with no points and six shots on goal. The trio, who combined for 42 points (16-26—42) in the first two rounds, were shadowed for 21 of 24 shifts by the Blackhawks’ forward line of Bryan Bickell – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa, along with the defensive duo of Niklas Hjalmarsson – Johnny Oduya. That Chicago forward trio combined for one goal (Toews) and two assists (Hossa), and Oduya chipped in an assist.

• The Kings, who outhit the Blackhawks 34-25 in Game 1, lead all teams this postseason in hits (662 in 15 games). (To compare, Chicago has registered 273 hits in 13 games.) The Kings have four players ranked in the top-10 in the category: Dustin Brown (81, 1st), Jarret Stoll (62, 2nd), Slava Voynov (48, 8th) and Trevor Lewis (47, 9th).

Video: Trisha Yearwood sings national anthem for Preds-Ducks

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Keith Urban sang the national anthem for Game 3. Kelly Clarkson did the honors for the Nashville Predators before Game 4. Next up: Trisha Yearwood for Game 6.

The Predators hope to close out the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, and they got off to a nice start with Austin Watson scoring a quick 1-0 goal. Not long after, the Predators added another to build to a 2-0 lead.

Garth Brooks spoiled Yearwood’s appearance a bit before the contest.

Brooks also revealed Yearwood’s early fan creds:

Nick Ritchie ejected after boarding, bloodying Viktor Arvidsson (Video)

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Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie scored a goal in Game 4, but he won’t be able to provide such a scoring boost for his team in Game 6.

That’s because he was ejected during the first period after hitting rising Nashville Predators star Viktor Arvidsson from behind, bloodying the slick Swede.

Ritchie was whistled for a game misconduct and major. Remarkably, the Ducks killed the entire five-minute power-play opportunity, with Ryan Kesler‘s shorthanded chance being one of the better opportunities for either team.

It’s still a big blunder, but if the Ducks can get back in it, remember that big kill.

Video of the hit is coming soon. For now, check out the GIF:

Oddly, Arvidsson left the ice with a wound that more or less spelled out “R,” presumably for Ritchie, maybe celebrating the return of “Twin Peaks.”

(Such an obvious move might not be surreal enough for David Lynch, though. Alex Prewitt’s Zorro reference might be more, um, on the mark.)

Video: Predators storm off to 2-0 lead, beguile Bernier early on

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It was already loud at Bridgestone Arena, but the Nashville Predators are making it a madhouse with a strong start against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6.

First, it was Austin Watson, who sent a puck off a Ducks skate to score a 1-0 goal on Nashville’s first shot on Jonathan Bernier, who is starting instead of John Gibson. That came about 90 seconds into the game, really revving up the crowd.

Colton Sissons scored his first goal of the Western Conference Final – on his first shot on goal of the series – to make it 2-0. At that point, Bernier had allowed two goals on three shots on goal. Bernier’s made a few stops since then, but it’s a shaky start for a Ducks team facing elimination.

There’s some solace in that Anaheim’s often at its best in dire situations, though you have to wonder how many times they can bounce back from this?

No Mike Fisher or Craig Smith for Predators in Game 6

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The Anaheim Ducks won’t have John Gibson back, but the Nashville Predators are dealing with some injury-related letdowns, too.

Craig Smith skated before Game 6, but he opted not to play on Monday. Mike Fisher is also unable to go for the Predators as they aim to eliminate Anaheim.

The Ducks also won’t have Rickard Rakell back in the mix, so this physical Western Conference Final continues to feel like a battle of attrition.

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