Dec 14, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov (26) during warmup prior to game against Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Game 34 Preview: Kings vs. Blackhawks

Team Records:

Kings (22-7-4)

Blackhawks (23-6-5)

Quick Stats:

– Jarrett Stoll has two goals and six points in his last six games.

– Patrick Kane is coming into tonight’s game off of a two goal performance last night.

– The Kings are 8-0-2 in their last ten road games.


Two Western Conference heavy weights are set to take to the ice in Chicago later today when the Los Angeles Kings take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Only three points separate the Blackhawks who sit atop the Western Conference and entire NHL with 51 points and the Kings who have 48 points and sit in third place in the Western Conference and NHL.

Tonight’s game will be the back end of back-to-back games for both teams, however both teams are coming out of games that saw completely different performances. The Kings will be coming in on the back of another dominating performance that saw them jump to an early 3-0 lead over the Ottawa Senators and ultimately finish the game with a 5-2 win. The Blackhawks on the other hand had a night they would very much like to forget, a 7-3 lose that saw two Maple Leafs record two goals.

Tonight will be the final game of a four-game road trip for the Kings, a trip they have gone 3-0 on to this point and have dominated in most of their wins. The Kings will also try and extend a six-game win streak where they have outscored opponents 22-7. For the Kings to continue their recent success they will likely have to continue to receive stellar play in front of their net.

A lot of the the Kings have recent success has been due to dominant performances early in the game. They have gone 18-straight games without allowing a goal in the opening frame and have outscored their opponents 31-12 in the first period of over the course of the entire season.

Despite last night’s performance the Blackhawks have been a dominant force and have gone 6-3-1 in their last ten games and among the league leaders in goals per game at 3.66 and power play percentage at 23.7 percent.

Coming off of a lack luster performance last night the Blackhawks are sure to want to right the ship as quickly as possible so the Kings are sure to have their hands full against the league’s number one team. After tonight’s game Chicago will have the day off before the hit the road again for a game against the Nashville Predators.

For the Kings they will return home for a four game home stand the runs into the Christmas break.


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