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Kings-Blackhawks Preview

Tuesday, 03.06.2007 / 7:30 PM

Associated Press

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Kings-Blackhawks Preview
Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks haven't won consecutive games in a month. They'll look to change that Tuesday night when they host the Los Angeles Kings in a matchup of two of the Western Conference's worst teams.

Not much has gone right for either team this season, but the Blackhawks (24-33-9) can at least try to string together two victories after earning a 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa on Sunday. Chicago last won consecutive games Feb. 6-7.

With 57 points, Chicago is tied with Phoenix and both are three points ahead of last-place Los Angeles (22-33-10) in the West. Radim Vrbata scored twice in regulation and had winner in the shootout Sunday as Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak.

Vrbata, who's second on the team with 37 points but was held without a point in his previous three contests, scored the game's first goal and got the equalizer with 1:59 left in the third period. The Blackhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

"This was a big one for us," Chicago goaltender Patrick Lalime said. "We never quit down 3-1. We kept going after them."

On Sunday, the Blackhawks matched their goal total from their last three games, during which they were outscored 16-4. Chicago is 2-6-2 in its last 10 contests.

"We needed this win, whether it was against Ottawa or anyone else," said Blackhawks leading scorer Martin Havlat, who faced his former team Sunday.

Havlat, who has 24 goals and 51 points, recorded a goal and an assist against Los Angeles on Feb. 1 as Chicago won 3-2 in overtime at Staples Center.

Michael Cammalleri, Los Angeles' leading scorer with a career-high 66 points, scored his 26th and 27th goals of the season Saturday in a 6-3 loss to Nashville. The Kings again failed to string together three consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Cammalleri has recorded a point in six straight games, giving him 11 during that span.

Los Angeles allowed three power-play goals on seven chances, and is the league's worst penalty-killing team at 77.1 percent.

"We took seven penalties," Kings coach Marc Crawford said. "And when you give them opportunities that allow them to get their best players on the ice, you're playing a dangerous game."

The Kings have been particularly bad in the last seven games, allowing opponents to go 13-for-39 on the power play. Chicago, though, ranks last in the NHL with an 11.5 percent success rate with the man advantage, and is 1-for-15 in its last four games.

Rookie Anze Kopitar, the Kings third-leading scorer with 56 points, has been bothered by a strained upper body muscle and has missed Los Angeles' last two contests.

Los Angeles, which will play 11 of its final 17 games on the road, is 5-1-1 against Chicago in the last seven meetings.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 23 '07LAK 2 at CHI 1M. Weaver
Mar 15 '07CHI 4 at LAK 3 - SON. Alexeev
Mar 06 '07LAK 0 at CHI 3R. Bourque
Feb 01 '07CHI 3 at LAK 2 - OTL. Kukkonen
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