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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Kings - Oct. 27, 2019

Chicago hosts Los Angeles in first of three meetings this season

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 6 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

Chicago returns home to complete the first of 16 back-to-backs this season as the Los Angeles Kings visit the United Center at 6 p.m. (TICKETS).


TEAM RECORDS

  • CHI: 2-5-2, 6 PTS (6th in Central)
  • LAK: 4-6-0, 8 PTS (8th in Pacific)


LAST TIME OUT

The Blackhawks dropped a 4-0 result on Saturday afternoon against the Hurricanes. Corey Crawford stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced with two of the four goals against coming while Chicago was on the penalty kill. 

The Kings fell to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, 5-1, with Ben Hutton scoring the lone goal for Los Angeles. Jonathan Quick allowed five goals on 27 shots as the Kings dropped their second straight game of a four-game road trip that wraps up Sunday in Chicago. 

In three meetings last season, Chicago went 0-1-2 against Los Angeles: a 2-1 shootout loss on Nov. 16 a 6-3 loss on March 2 and a 3-2 overtime loss on March 30. Brendan Perlini (2G) was the only Blackhawk to find the scoresheet more than once in the series, while Jeff Carter paced the Kings with three points, all assists. 

Video: Game Preview: CHI vs. LAK


FINDING THE OFFENSE

In Carolina, the Blackhawks put forth 52 shot attempts but were stymied by goalie Petr Mrazek as the team was shutout for the first time this season. Over the last three games, Chicago has scored just two goals as the high-flying offense that was averaging three goals in each of the first five games of the year has suddenly dried up. 

"It's tough," Alex DeBrincat said. "It's been a few games here and we've just got to figure a way to turn it on and still be able to play D zone. We're not getting many chances and we're not putting them in the net when we do the chances and we're losing games because of it."

"We had some chances, we didn't score. We didn't finish," head coach Colliton said after Saturday's game. "I think there's no secrets in there as far as what we need to do to get some wins. We've just got to keep playing."

Video: Inside the Locker Room: Dominik Kubalik


LINEUP NOTES

The Blackhawks held an optional morning skate on Sunday, but Colliton told reporters that Robin Lehner would return to the net, while Drake Caggiula is back into the lineup for Zack Smith and Dennis Gilbert will play his second game of the season in place of Brent Seabrook. 

"We want to get Gilbert in," Colliton said. "It's a back-to-back, so it's a good opportunity to give (Seabrook) a rest and we'll see what Gilbert has."

The veteran of 1,091 NHL games has played every contest to date this season for Chicago. 

"I think he's been fine," Colliton added of the 34-year-old. "He's working hard, he's trying to do the right things for us. I think he's had some really good moments and, just like the rest of our team, sometimes we need more."

Video: Colliton on Lineup Changes vs. Kings

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