Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Tip-off: Monday, March 25, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
After their latest successful game away from home, the Chicago Blackhawks will get to play the majority of their final 18 games in Chicago, however they won’t have Marian Hossa for the first of those NHL games.
The 34 year-old is doubtful for the Blackhawks’ try to sweep the season series with the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Nevertheless, the Blackhawks are expected to be short-handed tonight with Hossa still ailing from an upper-body injury. The star player did not practice Sunday and forward Andrew Shaw also sat out with the flu.
Chicago did not count on Hossa and Patrick Sharp (upper body) and gave up three goals in the final 5:27 on Wednesday in a 4-2 defeat against the Anaheim Ducks, a team that’s just three points behind the Blackhawks in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles has been blanked in three straight games only once in franchise history — in January 1969.
While Los Angeles are looking to regain their scoring touch in the opener to a five-game trip, Jonathan Toews will try to continue his strong play in this series and impress YouWager fans even more after posting five goals and four assists in his last six versus Los Angeles. Toews had four goals and three assists in the final three games of the road trip.
In the mean time, Patrick Kane has four goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak.
Corey Crawford is expected in net tonight for the Blackhawks. He’s 5-2-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average in seven career games versus the Kings, including the victory in January.
According to the NHL point spread the Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has started both meetings with Chicago this season and surrendered all eight goals.
With his next victory, Chicago’s coach Joel Quenneville will pass former Toronto Maple Leafs teammate Ron Wilson for sixth on the all-time coaching victories list with 649.