Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will attempt to set the record for most consecutive games with a point by an American-born player Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET; WGN, FS-W).
Kane has a point in 18 straight games, tying him with Eddie Olczyk (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1989-90) and Phil Kessel (Boston Bruins, 2008-09). He has 10 goals and 19 assists during the streak, which began Oct. 17. Kane is three games from tying the Blackhawks record of 21 straight games with a point set by Bobby Hull in the 1971-72 season.
"You look at the players that are either American who have played the game or the two guys that are part of that record with Kessel and Olczyk and that's some pretty elite company," Kane said after the game Friday. "It's been a fun little ride here. It's something you try not to really think about."
The Blackhawks (13-8-2) are 3-1-1 on their annual "Circus Trip" that concludes in Los Angeles. They held an optional skate Saturday.
The Kings (13-8-1) return home after a five-game road trip when they went 2-2-1. Chicago defeated Los Angeles 4-2 on Nov. 2 at United Center.
"They're a tough team," forward Teuvo Teravainen told the Blackhawks website. "They're in their home building now so we will have to be great from the start and be faster."
The Kings have allowed two goals in their past two games and ranked second heading into Saturday allowing 2.14 goals per game.
"You've got to be able to win in different ways. That's why we pride ourselves on defense," assistant coach John Stevens told LA Kings Insider after the morning skate Saturday. "But some nights it's going to be your defense, some nights the [Jeff] Carter line's going to have a big night, sometimes you're going to chip in and get a little contribution from everybody. I think that's why it's important to play good, solid defense. Over the course of time you're going to need help from all corners of your offense."
Goalie Jonathan Quick will start his fourth straight game for the Kings. Goalie Scott Darling will start for the Blackhawks. Darling last started Nov. 20 when he made 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames.
Here are the projected lineups:
Andrew Shaw - Jonathan Toews - Ryan Garbutt
Artemi Panarin - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Tanner Kero - Marcus Kruger - Marian Hossa
Brandon Mashinter - Teuvo Teravainen - Andrew Desjardins
Duncan Keith - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Brent Seabrook
Trevor Daley - Michal Rozsival
Scratched: David Rundblad, Viktor Tikhonov, Marko Dano
Tanner Pearson - Anze Kopitar - Marian Gaborik
Milan Lucic - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
Andy Andreoff - Nick Shore - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Jordan Nolan
Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin - Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff - Jamie McBain
Injured: Matt Greene (upper body), Dwight King (lower body)
Scratched:?????????Derek Forbort, Jordan Weal
Status report: Andreoff, Shore and Brown took line rushes together in practice as did Clifford, Lewis and Nolan. Those are the same lines that the Kings used in their previous game Wednesday. ... Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi said King is two to two-and-a-half weeks away from being close to a return, according to LA Kings Insider. ... Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said there could be lineup changes. Dano and Tikhonov each skated after practice ended and likely will be scratched with Kero playing.
Who's hot: Keith has three goals in five games and three points in his past three games. ... Carter has nine goals and 21 points in 22 games.