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Sunday, October 12th (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (1-1-0-0) at Chicago Blackhawks (1-1-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings conclude a season-opening road trip tonight when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Following a dramatic 3-2 loss in Detroit on Thursday, Los Angeles rebounded with a 3-0 triumph over Pittsburgh the following night.

Against the Penguins, Cristobal Huet needed to make a mere 11 saves for his second career shutout. Making his first start of the season, Huet stopped two shots in the first period, turned aside six in the second and needed just three saves in the third to complete the blanking. Roman Cechmanek, obtained from Philadelphia in the offseason, had started the Kings' opener in net.

Eric Belanger, Trent Klatt and Zigmund Palffy scored in the win. Palffy and Klatt added assists as LA outshot the Pens by a 49-11 margin.

In Thursday's opener, the Kings surrendered a one-goal lead late in third, and Cechmanek was then beaten by Steve Yzerman with 1.7 seconds left to decide the match.

As was the case last season, injuries are a concern for LA. Defenseman Aaron Miller (broken left wrist) and forwards Jason Allison (whiplash) and Adam Deadmarsh (concussion) began the campaign on the shelf, while captain and anchor blueliner Mattias Norstrom is out with a chest bruise. Defenseman Tim Gleason, injured from a knee-on-knee hit versus Pittsburgh, is day-to-day.

The Kings will kick off a seven-game homestand Wednesday against Ottawa.

Chicago, meanwhile, posted an encouraging victory over Minnesota to open the season, but was brought back to Earth with a 5-0 loss to star-studded Colorado Friday night in Denver.

Backup goaltender Michael Leighton only stopped 24-of-29 shots for the Blackhawks, who blanked Minnesota 1-0 on Wednesday. Leighton's NHL resume had only included eight appearances before facing the potent Avs.

Leighton was beaten by a good portion of Colorado's superstars, as Milan Hejduk (2 goals), Paul Kariya, Rob Blake and Joe Sakic all scored on him. Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg chipped in three assists.

In Wednesday's opener at the United Center, Jocelyn Thibault stopped 33 shots for his 36th career shutout, and Tyler Arnason notched the only goal for the Blackhawks.

Chicago went 3-1 against Los Angeles last season and is 6-3-3 in the last 12 meetings. The Kings have lost in two straight trips to the Windy City.

10/12 10:10:52 ET

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