Los Angeles Kings (23–33–8) vs Chicago Blackhawks (27–28–9)
Chicago – Cam Ward (14–10–4, SV%: .893, GAA: 3.71)
Los Angeles – Jonathan Quick (11–17–6, SV%: .891, GAA: 3.31)
Chicago (22.3%, 7th)
Los Angeles (14.8%, 29th)
Chicago (73.3%, 31st)
Los Angeles (74.7%, 30th)
Chicago (32.1, 13th; 35.1, 30th)
Los Angeles (28.6, 29th; 31.3, 14th)
Chicago (10.4%, 8th)
Los Angeles (8.2%, 30th)
Chicago (49.7%, 19th)
Los Angeles (50.2%, T14th)
Chicago 6’1”, 195lbs
Los Angeles 6’2” 206lbs
Los Angeles Kings
Following their thrilling victory on Wednesday night, the Blackhawks travel slightly north to take on the Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday night’s Ducks/Blackhawks battle saw the Blackhawks playing a more offensively-challenged Anaheim team. In today’s action, the Blackhawks will square off against a Los Angeles Kings’ team that, in many categories, is only a little better than the Ducks. Today presents a great opportunity for the Blackhawks, versus an opponent that is far less potent offensively than they are.
A few big positives from Wednesday included Patrick Kane further extending his incredible point streak, as well as the return of Corey Crawford. Overall, Crawford played well, but he is still re-gaining his feet after missing significant time.
The Kings, for the most part, stood pat at the trade deadline earlier in the week. Instead of trying to sell assets such as Jonathan Quick and Jeff Carter, the Kings held on to their prized possessions and continued to ride it out.
LA comes into today’s game losers of 10 straight games, setting themselves up for a nice pick in June’s draft, potentially landing either Kappo Kakko or Jack Hughes. The Kings are an aging team with potentially greater cap issues than those facing the Blackhawks.
Any slip-up could prove fatal to the Hawks’ fading playoff chances (5 points out, with 3 teams in the way). So, this is essentially a must-win game for Chicago.