NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 18th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (16-14-10-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (11-23-7-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings try to pick up their first win in over a month tonight, as they travel to the Windy City to battle the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Kings' latest setback was a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Rick Nash scored twice, including a breakaway tally with 2:02 left in overtime, to lift Columbus.
Jozef Stumpel and Alexander Frolov scored for Los Angeles, which had its winless string extended to 14 games (0-3-9-2). The Kings are suffering through their longest winless skid since a 16-game stretch during the 1981-82 season.
Nash, the NHL's leader with 27 goals, secured the victory for the Blue Jackets by jumping on a loose puck at center ice and beating two LA defensemen down the ice. He headed toward Roman Cechmanek between the pipes and beat the netminder just underneath his right arm, inside the post on the stickside.
Cechmanek made 28 saves, but it was one too few in the Kings' fourth straight overtime contest (0-0-3-1).
The Kings, winless in their last eight tests as the visitor (0-3-4-1), complete their four-game road trip on Sunday night in Chicago.
Despite their recent struggles, LA has 47 points and is still tied with Phoenix for third place in the Pacific Division. The teams are just one behind Dallas for the second spot and trail first-place San Jose by eight.
Chicago was handed a 4-2 loss by the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.
Kyle Calder and Tyler Arnason scored goals for Chicago, which has lost three in a row and is 1-4-0-1 in its last six. The Blackhawks have also lost 15 straight road games (0-14-0-1), last winning away from home on November 7 at Nashville.
Steve Passmore made 30 saves in defeat and is 0-2 with a 3.87 goals against average in his last two games. Chicago's Steve Sullivan was kept off the scoresheet and had a seven-game point streak stopped.
LA is 2-1 against the Blackhawks this season and have won five of the last nine meetings. However, the Kings have managed just two wins in their last seven trips to the United Center (2-4-1).
01/18 10:16:05 ET