The Los Angeles Kings return home to open a four-game homestand Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings (11-7-4) are one point behind the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars for first place in the Pacific Division in the NHL, and are currently in a three-way tie for sixth place in a tightly bunched Western Conference. The Kingshave struggled mightily against the Blackhawks in recent years.
The Kings have lost to the Blackhawks six straight times, and have just one overtime win against Chicago in their last 10 meetings:
Sharp has been the Kings' largest tormenter during the Blackhawks' 9-0-1 run against Los Angeles, with eight goals and seven assists in nine games during that span. Toews has chipped in with five goals and four assists in 10 games, and Patrick Kane has been a facilitator with a goal and eight assists in nine games.
Saturday night's 7:30 p.m. game will be televised by Fox Sports West as well as WGN. For more Kings hockey news and analysis, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.