Game #31 LA Kings (17-12-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (24-3-3)
Game Time-7:00 Central
TV- NBCSN, CSN-Chicago
Season Series-Hawks lead 2-0 They won 5-2 on opening day in LA and 3-2 in Chicago.
Preview- The Kings are the picture of streaky whether it is wins and losses or scoring goals. The Kings were on a tremendous streak last spring on their way to the Stanley Cup and they still should be viewed as a tough opponent for any team when the playoffs begin because they can score goals and have a proven Stanley Cup winning goal tender in Jonathan Quick. The Kings after winning 3 straight have lost two straight at home before making the trip to the Windy City. The Hawks have dominated 5 out of the 6 periods of play so far this season.
The Hawks are coming off their longest stretch of days without a game in the shortened season which came at a very good time in the season calendar. It looks like Marian Hossa will not be playing tonight which is a luxury the Hawks have with their great start to the season that they don’t have to rush anybody back from injury and the real goal at this point is to make sure everyone is rested and healthy when the playoffs begin. Corey Crawford gets the start tonight he is 13-3-3 this season and along with Ray Emery the real secret to the Hawks season. The Hawks are home for three straight but the only distraction could be the Hawks looking ahead to the Ducks on Friday night.
Prediction- The Hawks have handled the Kings pretty handily in both contests and should be flying after a 4 day break so look for the Hawks to jump on the Kings early and often in a 5-3 win.
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