Afternoon jam: Hawks, Kings are up against it

Good To Be President? The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Tuesday night with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Blackhawks hosting the Wild. But Chicago should beware. Three of the last four Presidents’ Trophy winners have lost in the first round (conference quarterfinals), and only one of the last nine went on to win the Stanley Cup (Detroit in 2008).

Can You Repeat That? The Kings begin their quest to become the first repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Red Wings in 1997 & 1998. The 13-season drought without a repeat winner in the NHL is the third-longest of its kind among the four major professional sports. The NBA had an 18-season drought from 1970-87, while MLB had a 14-season drought from 1979-92.