Blackhawks look to sweep Kings in final game of season series on Monday
The LA Kings have not scored a goal since their GWG on February 17th, a 3-2 win vs. the Coyotes. They were shut out on home ice first by Dallas, and then by the Canucks. Prior to that pair of games, the Kings had outscored their prior three opponents by a margin of 12-4.
The Blackhawks have beaten the Kings twice already this season: 5-2 at the Kings home opener; and then 3-2 at Chicago on February 17th. Vancouver and Detroit have been hot as of late; their wins have bumped the Kings down to 6th in the West. It all adds up to a lot of incentive for the Kings.
So, as the Kings begin a 5-game road trip -- which includes their visit to the White House with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday -- they will feel a lot of pressure to not only get on the scoreboard, but to start winning again.
On the other side of the ice, the Blackhawks are coming off a tough loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the tail end of an otherwise perfect four-game road trip. It was just their third regulation loss this season, and the team will hope to use the enthusiasm of the home crowd to their advantage. Chicago continues to be first in the league with 51 points, standing just 1 point ahead of Pittsburgh -- but with 3 games in hand over the Penguins.
Corey Crawford is expected to start in goal for the Blackhawks.
Monday night's game is the third and final match up of the season between these two talented teams -- unless, of course, they end up facing one another in the playoffs.
Blackhawks: Marian Hossa (day to day; upper body); Patrick Sharp (IR, shoulder)
Kings: Willie Mitchell (day to day; knee); Matt Greene (indefinite; back)
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Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Blackhawks record: 24-3-3 (51 pts; 1st in West)
Kings record: 17-12-2 (36 pts; 6th in West)
Tonight's promotional giveaway: Keith Magnuson bobblehead
Location: United Center, 1901 W. Madison, Chicago
Where to watch: NBCSN, CSN-Chicago, TSN2
Where to listen: WGN 720 (phone app available)
Next 2 games: Tues 3/26 7:30pm vs. Calgary; Fri 3/29 7:30pm vs Anaheim