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.

Injury report:
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

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Shane Brennan's picture

Important game for the Kings who ended a hot streak ice cold with those two shutouts. Assuming Bernier will start over Quick, which has helped ignite the team during previous lulls. Richards banged in two power play goals last time the teams met and the Kings will rely heavily on extra-man opportunities to get back on the board and create chances.

Hockeybroad's picture

Blackhawks have been playing more disciplined hockey as of late, so not sure how many PP opportunities they're going to hand the Kings! We'll find out Monday morning who's expected to play. Quick hasn't been BAD - the shutouts were 2 and 1-goal games - but I wouldn't be surprised to see Bernier, either.