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Blackhawks Homestand Continues Against Kings: Game Preview

CHI vs LAK
02/17/2013
2:30pm CST

The Chicago Blackhawks (11-0-3) face off against the Los Angeles Kings (5-5-2) for the second time in this shortened season on Sunday at 2:30pm at the United Center. The Hawks defeated last year’s Stanley Cup Champions just four weeks ago by a final tally of 5-2 in the league's season opener in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks are coming off a decisive 4-1 harpooning of the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, a game in which Chicago outshot their opponent 37-28 and got near-perfect goaltending from “back-up” netminder Ray Emery, who made 27 saves over the course of the contest.

Chicago’s win on Friday night, ...

Game Preview: Kings vs. Blues

 

The Kings (3-5-1; 8 points) have a quick turn around after a devastating 3-2 loss in Detroit when they head to St. Louis to take on the Blues (6-4-1; 13 points) tonight at 5. The Kings have dropped their past two games and are 1-3 entering the final leg of their road trip. After a red hot start the Blues are on a four game skid earning only one point. St. Louis lost Saturday night 6-5 (SO) to Anaheim and hope to end their four game home stand on a positive note.

The Kings offensive woes continued in Detroit when they registered a season high 47 shots against Robby Howard only converting two for goals. St. Louis has allowed 22 goals in the past four games with a suspect ...

Howard, Ericcson Lead Red Wings Past Kings, 3-2

When Alec Martinez put in a rebound with 52 seconds left in the game it seemed the Kings would at least get a point in Detroit. With under 10 seconds left and a faceoff in the Kings' zone Daniel Cleary passed to Jonathan Ericcson who fired a slapshot past Jonathan Quick for the game winning goal with 4.5 seconds left on the clock.

The shot travelled through traffic and hit the inside of Quick's left leg. The puck somehow slipped through and slowly slid into the back of the net. Quick had no idea where the puck was after initial contact and to the horror of Kings' fan the barely moving puck looked like a train wreck in slow motion. The Kings have been on a downhill skid a...

Game Preview: Desperate Kings Head to Detroit

 

It might be too early to throw the word "desperate" around but with the way things are going it feels appropriate. The Kings have gone from bad to inconsistant to consinstantly bad. A five game road trip has started 1-2 and both losses have been disheartening. The little momentum the Kings picked up against the lowly Blue Jackets was erased Thursday night suffering a 3-0 shutout loss in Nashville.The Kings (3-4-2; 8 points) travel to Joe Lewis Arena to play the Red Wings (6-4-1; 13 points) for a 9:3...

Struggles Mount, Pressure Increases for Kings

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It would have been foolish to assume that the Kings wouldn’t hit a speed bump or two over the course of their road-trip. The second game of their trip, following a relatively easy win against lowly Columbus on Tuesday night, saw the defending champs stroll into Nashville looking for another victory to add to their win total. They didn’t get it.

Despite outshooting the opposition by more than sixteen, the Kings’ offense struggled mightily to register a single goal before bowing out with a final score of 0-3. Predators’ goaltender Pekka Rinne recorded his first s...

Game Preview: Kings Vs Nashville Predators

       

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Fresh off a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets the Kings (3-3-2; 8 points) continue their road trip in Nashville against the Predators (4-2-3; 11 points) tonight at 5. The Predators are coming off a dominating 6-1 performance against the Blues and are on a three game winning streak. Nashville's lineup is consistent from top to bottom, which will force the Kings to play a patient and smart game.

The Predators have a balanced offensive attack led - but not dominated - by Martin Erat and Brandon Yip. Nashville jumped to a 3-0 first period lead against the Blues with goals by Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune, and Nick Spaling. ...

Second Period Onslaught Leads Kings Past Blue Jackets, 4-2

 

 

Another slow first period put the Kings in a hole at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

A Slava Voynov goal was disallowed when Anze Kopitar was called for incidental contact with Columbus goalie, Steve Mason. The Kings entered the game 2-3-2 and in 14th place in the Western conference with road games in Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago looming  tonight's game was crucial. The Blue Jackets took the lead when a shot went off the skate of Derek MacKenize and found its way past Jonathan Quick. Adding injury to insult Drew Doughty limped off the ice writhing in pain after taking a slapshot to his foot just before the end of the period. ...

Kings Continue Season Slide, Fall to Ducks 7-4

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Stanley Cup hangovers have proved to be problems of varying degrees for teams coming off of a championship. Blame the perpetual photo shoot sessions and unending praise from complete strangers and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment for a sluggish start to a new year. It’s easy to do those things. But when looking at this 48-game schedule, it’s also easy to point towards the especially extended offseason, coupled with the fact that the Kings’ roster is basically identical to the one which won the Stanley Cup last June and wonder why the team isn’t winni...

Game Preview: Kings Vs Anaheim Ducks

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The Kings (2-2-2; 6 points) make the short trip to Anaheim to play the Ducks (4-1-1; 9 points) tonight at 7. The Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild last night,3-1, thanks to the Kyle Palmieri, Teemu Selanne, and Bobby Ryan line which generated all three goals. The Kings lost 2-1 to the Predators Thursday in a shootout and have gotten points their last four games.

It's been an unimpressive start by the Kings who have failed to score and create constant pressure. The Ducks are a formidable opponent with a self less, high powered offense but have holes on the defensive end that the Kings will have to exploit to win. A win against a local rival with a less than daunting pe...

Kings Win Number One, Dispatch Coyotes 4-2

The defending Stanley Cup Champions finally have a win to call their own. It appears as though head coach Darryl Sutter was right all along—there was nothing to be overly concerned with. Except that power play, which once again failed to register a tally, bringing the team’s total man-advantage record to 0-23.

The Kings (1-2-1) defeated division rival Phoenix (1-4) by a score of 4-2 thanks to a number of offensive contributions at just the right time. That may seem a bit obvious and with a twinge of ease as they went against a career mediocre backup goaltender in Jason LaBarbera. Starter Mike Smith continues to nurse an injury. His retu...