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Blackhawks conclude road trip against Kings

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.


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