Previewing the Los Angeles Kings' 2011-12 season:
Game 69 @ Chicago
March 11, 2012
4pm PST (7pm EST)
After winning three-straight, the Los Angeles Kings have lost two in a row and hope to finish up the road trip tonight with a victory in the Windy City. Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting between the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks tonight with Los Angeles hoping to win the season series.
So far, the Kings are 2-1-0 against the Hawks this season. After falling 2-1 to Chicago back on November 26, the Kings have not only won their next two meetings but they shut out the Hawks on both occasions. The last time the Kings were at the United Center was when they won 2-0 on December 28. The most recent meeting between the clubs came on February 25 in Los Angeles when captain Dustin Brown broke out of his personal doldrums by notching a hat-trick (the first by any King this season) en route to a 4-0 win.
Chicago is 6-4-0 in their last ten and are an impressive 23-7-4 on home ice. It will be a tall task if the Kings hope to end their road trip with a win but it is doable.
There was some good news and bad news for the Kings last night. The good news was that the San Jose Sharks lost 3-0 in Phoenix, which means that they remain just a single point ahead of Los Angeles. The bad news, however, is that the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers last night in a shootout, which means that they are now in 8th in the West, two points ahead of the Kings.
Since he recorded two shutouts against the Hawks this season, it doesn’t take much to figure out that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jonathan Quick will get the nod in the Los Angeles net tonight. As for his counterpart, Ray Emery is 10-0-0 with a 1.79 GAA in ten career starts at the United Center.
Can the Kings defeat a Jonathan Toews-less Blackhawks squad for a third time this season and return home with some momentum? We’ll see.
Enjoy the game!
Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Daniel