When the Chicago Blackhawks
host the Los Angeles Kings
on Monday at 8 p.m. ET, they will have all the attention to themselves.
They're the only action taking place in the NHL on an evening when 28 of the 30 teams will rest up.
Each team will also be hungry to get back on the winning track. Chicago suffered an eight-round shootout loss in Colorado on Friday, while Los Angeles fell to Nashville on home ice Saturday afternoon.
Both teams have been successful over the first five-plus weeks of the season. The Kings (10-5-2) sit second in the Pacific Division, led by the League's leading scorer, Anze Kopitar
(13-14-27) and the strong goaltending of young Jonathan Quick
. The Blackhawks (8-5-2), meanwhile, can move back into a first-place tie in the Central with idle Columbus if they win.