EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Not much else has worked in generating offense for the Los Angeles Kings, so why not a change on the blue line?
It appears coach Darryl Sutter will tweak his defensive pairings when the Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday (10 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA) at Staples Center. Drew Doughty played with Willie Mitchell while Jake Muzzin was with Matt Greene in the morning skate.
"Drew's playing a lot of minutes and he needs a little bit more stability in his own zone from his partner," Sutter said.
Muzzin and Greene have played together earlier this season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, but it has been a while since Doughty has played with Mitchell.
"I like playing with [Mitchell]," Doughty said. "He's a really good defender, a really good player. A smart hockey player. It doesn't matter who they put me with. I'm going to play the same way. I'm looking forward to playing with him [Monday]."
Los Angeles has been shutout in three of the past six games and has scored three goals in that span, all by Anze Kopitar. The Kings have matched up fairly well against Chicago this season, losing by 3-1 and 1-0 scores in the two previous games. But they are way beyond taking positives out of losses.
"We got to get a win," Greene said. "That's it. We're not getting scoring that we want against them and we've got to break through and have a good game [Monday]."
For the Blackhawks, forward Marian Hossa did not take part in the morning skate but coach Joel Quenneville said he expects Hossa to be in the lineup. Forward Bryan Bickell, who did not play Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, skated on the third line Monday.
The game will be No. 6,000 in Blackhawks history.
Here are the expected lineups for the Kings and Blackhawks:
Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Brandon Saad - Michal Handzus - Patrick Kane
Bryan Bickell - Andrew Shaw - Kris Versteeg
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith
Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Johnny Oduya - Niklas Hjalmarsson
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival
Scratched: Brandon Pirri, Sheldon Brookbank, Michael Kostka
Injured: Nikolai Khabibulin (shoulder)
Tyler Toffoli - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter
Dustin Brown - Mike Richards - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford - Colin Fraser - Jordan Nolan
Willie Mitchell - Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr - Slava Voynov
Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene
Scratched: Matt Frattin, Jeff Schultz
Injured: Alec Martinez (elbow)
Notes: Quick was off the ice first. It will be his 15th start in 16 games since he came back from a groin injury. … Frattin rotated with Nolan on the fourth line so he might draw in. It was difficult to tell because Schultz, Martinez and Jones were the only extras to stay out and the rest of the team came off the ice at the same time. … The Toffoli-Kopitar-Carter line combined for 15 shots against the Philadelphia Flyers last Saturday.