For the Blackhawks, it's their fifth trip to the conference finals in the last seven seasons. They've won two Stanley Cups in that timeframe, while the Ducks haven't made a trip to the finals since winning it in 2007. Chicago's experience this deep in the playoffs gives it an edge, but one facet of Anaheim's game could even the odds.
Ducks goalie Frederick Andersen has been stellar during these playoffs, sporting a 1.96 goals against average and .925 save percentage through the first two rounds. His steady performance in net is something the Blackhawks have lacked, having switched between Scott Darling and Corey Crawford numerous times in previous series.
The good news for Chicago is that Crawford seems to be figuring things out heading into Game 1. Whether he can keep that momentum up enough to give Chicago an early edge in the series remains to be seen.
Game 1 coverage
3 p.m. ET | Game 1, Western Conference Finals
Honda Center | Anaheim
Live stream at NBC Live Extra