BLACKHAWKS (27-29-8) at KINGS (36-24-5)
4 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, FS-W, NHL.TV
The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on Saturday.
The Kings, 6-2-0 in their past eight games, are in third place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks and three ahead of the fourth-place Anaheim Ducks. Los Angeles has allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past eight games.
The Blackhawks, looking to avoid their third straight loss, are 3-10-1 in their past 14 games. They hope to end a seven-game road losing streak (0-6-1).
Chicago is in seventh place in the Central Division, 12 points behind the Ducks for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
Players to watch
Kings forward Tyler Toffoli has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games after having no point in his previous five games.
They said it
"That means that I got a couple bounces that I haven't gotten all year. That's not my role to get points, but it's always fun when it happens, so I'll try to enjoy it as much as I can." -- Kings defenseman Christian Folin on his three assists in a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday
"It's up to us to take responsibility. Can't blame any other circumstances. We just have to find ways to be better, that's all we can focus on." -- Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews
Blackhawks projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Tomas Jurco -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat -- Nick Schmaltz -- Matthew Highmore
Patrick Sharp -- David Kampf -- Anthony Duclair
Duncan Keith -- Jordan Oesterle
Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook
Erik Gustafsson -- Carl Dahlstrom
Injured: Jan Rutta (lower body), Corey Crawford (upper body)
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Tanner Pearson -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli
Nate Thompson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tobias Rieder
Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Torrey Mitchell
Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty
Dion Phaneuf -- Alec Martinez
Jake Muzzin -- Christian Folin
Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Paul LaDue, Kevin Gravel
Injured: Trevor Lewis (upper body)
With one player recall from the American Hockey League available for the remainder of the season, the Blackhawks are carrying 19 skaters on the roster. Chicago would be able to make emergency recalls in case of injury. … Lewis went through a limited-contact practice Friday, but there is no updated timetable for his return.
Toews has no points in his past five games after scoring seven points (two goals, five assists) in his previous seven games. … Kopitar has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games and 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in his past 21 games.