NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (10-5-6) at Los Angeles Kings (9-9-3), 4 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to avoid a third
consecutive loss when they visit the Los Angeles Kings for an afternoon
battle at the Staples Center.
Today's test marks the end of a six-game road trip for the Blackhawks, who
began the swing with three straight victories before losing in overtime to
San Jose on Wednesday and dropping a 1-0 decision in Anaheim on Friday.
Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf scored the only goal of the game and Jonas Hiller
recorded his second career shutout to lift the Ducks to the victory at the
Cristobal Huet turned in a solid performance between the pipes for Chicago,
stopping 20-of-21 shots in loss. Huet may get the start again today as
Nikolai Khabibulin is suffering from a lower-body injury.
Khabibulin, who has been the primary goaltender for the Blackhawks this
year, didn't dress for Friday's game in Anaheim, but is still listed as
The Blackhawks are 4-4-2 as the visiting team this season. The club will
return to the Windy City for their next game -- a rematch with the Ducks
this Wednesday at the United Center.
The Kings ended a two-game losing streak recently, as they edged the Oilers
in Edmonton on Wednesday night. Los Angeles posted just its second win in
six games by posting the 2-1 decision at Rexall Place.
Anze Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan both recorded a goal and an assist to lift
the Kings to the victory. Jason LaBarbera stopped 22 shots, including all
seven he faced in the third period, for the Kings.
Kopitar, who leads LA with 18 points, has reached the scoresheet in four
straight games, posting three goals and two assists during his longest point
streak of the season.
Today's outing is the first of two straight on home ice for the Kings, who
are 6-5-3 as the host this season. Los Angeles will also invite the Toronto
Maple Leafs to the Staples Center on Monday.
The Kings have won three of the last five encounters with Chicago, but the
Blackhawks have come out on top in three of their previous four trips to the
City of Angels.
This is the first of four matchups between the clubs this season. They won't
meet again until January 29, when LA hosts the Blackhawks.
11/29 10:37:53 ET