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Kings carry win-streak, perfect road record to United Center

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings


THE CHAMPS: Tonight marks the first of three meetings against the Blackhawks this season, and the first of two at Chicago’s United Center. The Blackhawks will make their lone visit to STAPLES Center on November 28; the Kings will return to Chicago on March 14. After winning four-straight games, the Blackhawks have lost two games in a row; they’re coming off of a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota wild on Friday night. The Kings are playing the first of a two-game road trip tonight; they’re coming off of a 4-3 OT win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon.

ON MADISON: The Kings, 3-0-0 on the road this season, have tied the 1989-’90 club for the best road start in franchise history. Tonight’s setting, though, may be one of the most difficult in the league. The Kings have dropped their last three regular season games played at the United Center, scoring just a combined two goals in those contests. Can the Kings, with a win tonight, set a new club record and remain perfect on the road?

LINEUP: The Kings held an optional skate this morning at the United Center. Jonathan Quick did not partake, but he is expected to start in goal tonight … Derek Forbort, who the Kings recalled from Ontario on Sunday, skated with the team, but there are no firm indications whether he’ll inch into the lineup or not … Christian Ehrhoff, who left Saturday’s game early and did not return after taking a hit-from-behind from Nashville’s Mike Ribiero, is expected to play tonight.

FORWARDS

PEARSON – KOPITAR – BROWN
LUCIC – CARTER – TOFFOLI
GABORIK – SHORE – LEWIS
CLIFFORD – ANDREOFF – NOLAN
(WEAL)

DEFENSEMEN

MCNABB – DOUGHTY
MUZZIN – MARTINEZ
EHRHOFF – MCBAIN
(FORBORT - GREENE)

GOALTENDERS

QUICK
(ENROTH)

ELITE EIGHT: The Kings can extend their win-streak to eight games tonight, they’ve gone a perfect 7-0-0 since October 16, after starting the season with a 0-3-0 mark. The Kings’ longest win-streak in 2014-’15 was eight games, when they went undefeated from February 7–24, 2015. The Kings can match last year’s season long win-streak, and break a club record for a season start on the road with a win tonight at the United Center.

BABY VS BLOGGER: Who does TRH baby pick to win tonight’s game? Read the entire Royal Half Gameday preview HERE!

THE LAST TIME AROUND: The Kings went 1-2-0 in three meetings with Chicago last season, their lone win coming on January 28 at STAPLES Center, when they defeated the Blackhawks 4-3. Jake Muzzin and Jeff Carter each had two goals in the Kings’ three games against Chicago last season; the Blackhawks outscored the Kings 11-6.

WE’RE DOING IT LIVE: Catch the ‘Kings Live’ pregame show at 5:00 PM PST on FOX SPORTS WEST, followed with Bob and Jim on the live play-by-play call from the United Center for puck drop just after 5:30. As always, you can listen to Daryl Evans and Nick Nickson call the action live over the radio airwaves on AM 790 KABC.

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