Sharks take on Blackhawks in Western Conference semifinals

The Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks will meet in the Western Conference finals for the second straight season.

The Sharks will look to defeat the Blackhawks in Game 7 on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and the Blackhawks will look for their second straight win against the Kings on Friday.

Los Angeles Kings: Defenseman Kris Versteeg (6-7, 208) will lead the Kings with 23 points, including three goals, and is tied for second in goals among NHL defensemen.

Versteeg is the Kings’ leading scorer at seven points per game.

Los Vegas Golden Knights: Defensemen Nick Bjugstad (6:11, 21) and Travis Hamonic (4:42, 25) will each tally a point, and goaltender Antti Raanta (1:29, 6) has shutout the Kings in six straight games.

The Kings have won five straight meetings in Los Vegas, with their best win coming 3-2 in Game 5 on March 25, 2016.

Chicago Blackhawks: Forward Marian Hossa (7-4, 220) is second on the Blackhawks with 29 points (five goals, 17 assists) and is second among Blackhawks defensemen in goals.

He is tied with Dustin Byfuglien for second on Chicago in power-play goals (four) and has a plus-three rating.