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Blackhawks at Kings preview

Defenseman Boqvist set for NHL debut for Chicago; Los Angeles tries to avoid fifth straight loss

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

BLACKHAWKS (3-6-2) at KINGS (4-9-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, NBCSCH, NHL.TV

The Game 

Adam Boqvist will make his NHL debut when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

Boqvist, the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, practiced as part of a defensive pair with Duncan Keith on Friday. Boqvist was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Thursday.

The Blackhawks are 1-4-1 in their past six games with the lone win a 5-1 victory against the Kings at United Center on Sunday. 

The Kings have been outscored 20-7 in four straight losses and are 2-7-0 in their past nine games.


Players to watch

Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome had three points (two goals, one assist) against Los Angeles for his second multipoint game of the season. 

Kings center Jeff Carter scored two goals in a 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, his first multigoal game since March 29, 2018. 


They said it

"Well, he's a dynamic player and great skater. That mobility can be a benefit to us, and we just want to see where he's at." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on defenseman Adam Boqvist 

"I didn't think we'd spend a whole practice on penalty kill, and that ate up a good chunk [of time], but it was obviously a huge priority of ours." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan after Los Angeles allowed four power-play goals in six chances on Wednesday


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Alex Nylander

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Patrick Kane

Zack Smith -- Kirby Dach -- Andrew Shaw   

Alex DeBrincat -- Ryan Carpenter -- Dylan Strome

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist  

Calvin de Haan -- Brent Seabrook

Slater Koekkoek -- Olli Maatta

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Dennis Gilbert, Erik Gustafsson, Drake Caggiula

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Kings projected lineup

Carl Grundstrom -- Anze Kopitar -- Jeff Carter

Alex Iafallo -- Adrian Kempe -- Dustin Brown   

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli

Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis  

Alec Martinez -- Drew Doughty

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Kurtis MacDermid -- Matt Roy

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Austin Wagner, Nikolai Prokhorkin

Injured: Derek Forbort (back) 


Status report

Boqvist also worked with the second power-play unit on Friday. … Chicago changed up its lines in practice, including moving Saad and Nylander up to play with Toews. … Toffoli will return to the lineup after being scratched against the Canucks. 


Stat pack

Chicago is 0-for-20 on the power play in its past six games. … Toews does not have a point in his past six games. … Kane has one assist in his past five games. … The Kings have killed 16 of 25 penalties (64.0 percent) at home and have allowed at least one power-play goal in four of their six home games.

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