Preview/Game Thread: Blackhawks at Kings


Los Angeles Kings (28–40–9) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (34–33–10)

9:30 p.m. CST


ChicagoCorey Crawford (14–18–3, SV%: .908, GAA: 2.94)
Los Angeles Jonathan Quick (15–22–7, SV%: .890, GAA: 3.31)


Power Play
Chicago (20.8 percent, T-11th)
Los Angeles (16.0 percent, 27th)

Penalty Kill
Chicago (72.8 percent, 31st)
Los Angeles (75.1 percent, 29th)

Shorts for/against
Chicago (32.5, 12th; 34.6, 30th)
Los Angeles (28.6, 30th; 31.2, 14th)

Shooting Percentage
Chicago (10.0 percent, Eighth)
Los Angeles (8.4 percent, 28th)

Faceoff Percentage
Chicago (49.5 percent, T-20th)
Los Angeles (50.5 percent, 12th)

Average height and weight
Chicago 6’1”, 195 lbs.
Los Angeles 6’1”, 206 lbs.


Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon SaadJonathan ToewsDylan Sikura
Alex DeBrincatDylan StromeDominik Kahun
Brendan PerliniArtem AnisimovPatrick Kane
Chris KunitzDavid KampfMarcus Kruger
Duncan KeithErik Gustafsson
Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook
Slater KoekkoekConnor Murphy

Los Angeles Kings
Alex IafalloAnze KopitarDustin Brown
Carl GrundstromAdrian KempeTyler Toffoli
Kyle CliffordJeff CarterTrevor Lewis
Austin WagnerMike AmadioJonny Brodzinski
Derek ForbortDrew Doughty
Alec MartinezMatt Roy
Sean WalkerDion Phaneuf


The Blackhawks playoff hopes are ever-dwindling as the season enters it’s twilight. The Blackhawks sit seven points out of a playoff position. Although not mathematically eliminated, the Blackhawks would need to win every game from here on out, and hope that the Avalanche, Wild and Coyotes all hit a late season skid. It’s not impossible, but it’s very unlikely that the Blackhawks will be playing in the postseason.

However, the Blackhawks will continue to play with that mindset, and try to win every game down the stretch. The final week of the season begins tonight as the Blackhawks visit the lowly Kings.

The Kings, who sit last in the Western Conference, may be without notable winger Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovalchuk is not hurt, he has been a healthy scratch in many recent games for the Kings. The former-star winger has had a tough first season of his three-year, $18.75 million contract.

The Kings focus as an organization is more likely focused on the NHL Entry Draft in June than the 78th game of a disastrous season for the team. Jack Hughes or Kappo Kakko would be welcomed additions to the Kings lineup. Odds are, the Kings will get a top two pick with their second-to-last record in the entire NHL.

Just because the Kings front office may have switched their focus, the players surely have not. This is the perfect opportunity for a lowly Kings team to more-or-less officially end the Blackhawks playoff dreams. Saturday night’s matchup sets up well for a trap game.

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    Ron Luce

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