Chicago (10-5-6) at Los Angeles (9-9-3) 4:00 p.m. EST
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks are growing weary
of the road.
The Blackhawks try to end their lengthy road trip with a victory
on Saturday when they visit the Los Angeles Kings.
Forced to leave town due to the circus, which comes to “the
Windy City” every November, Chicago earned victories against the
Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs to open
its six-game swing.
However, the Blackhawks have dropped each of their last two
games and have struggled to generate any offense.
Jonathan Toews scored twice on Wednesday, but it was not enough
as Chicago dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime to the San Jose
The Blackhawks were even worse during their last game, enduring
their first shutout of the season, 1-0, against the Anaheim
Ducks on Friday.
Chicago will try to avoid matching its longest losing streak of
the season against the Kings, who bounced back from a pair of
losses during their last contest.
After enduring an overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche and a
setback to the Calgary Flames, Los Angeles rebounded with a 2-1
victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
Anze Kopitar netted what stood as the game-winning goal midway
through the second period and added an assist. Patrick
O’Sullivan also recorded a goal and an assist, while Jason
LaBarbera turned aside 22 shots in his first start since
November 1 for the Kings, who had also dropped four of their
previous five contests.