The Staples Center has been a beautiful place for the Los Angeles Kings. Their United Center, if you will. Maybe it’s not quite a madhouse, but for the Kings, it’s been a sweet place to be, especially this postseason.

For the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s another place they need to win at to keep this postseason going. And as far as facing another hostile crowd, another team with the house on its side, so be it.

The Blackhawks are looking to do what no one else has done this postseason: beat the Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles is 7-0 there this postseason – they have a 14-0 run dating back through the late regular season – but the Blackhawks would love nothing else than to put a 1 in that loss column, and extend their Western Conference Final series lead to 3-0.

“It's a lot different playing away from the United Center,” Patrick Sharp said on Monday. “I feel like we've been solid on the road the last couple years in the playoffs. The team gets home for that first game, the crowd's into it, it kind of gives that extra push. We expect L.A. to be good at home. Obviously their record speaks for itself.”

Yes, but the Kings would be playing like a desperate group regardless of that record right now. They’re down 0-2 for the second time in these playoffs. And they’re coming off a game where they were without Mike Richards (upper body), saw goaltender Jonathan Quick pulled and had nothing to show for a strong start. So crank up the desperation that much more.

The Blackhawks, however, keep preaching their mantra: it’s not about them; it’s about us.

“We had a lot of things we wanted to get accomplished in Chicago. It's no different here,” Brent Seabrook said. “We know about their record at home, but we’ve got to come out and play our game and continue to do the things that have made us successful.”