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Los Angeles aims to extend winning streak to five games; Chicago hopes to halt skid at three

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

KINGS (16-8-3) at BLACKHAWKS (12-9-5)



The Game

The Los Angeles Kings will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high five games when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday.

The Kings have outscored their opponents 14-5 over that span. Goaltender Jonathan Quick, who is expected to start, has allowed four goals in his past three games.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be playing in their fifth game in seven days and will try to avoid losing their fourth consecutive game.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.

Blackhawks rookie forward Alex DeBrincat has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"We're on a streak here so we've got to keep it going. We're moving our feet, playing all areas of our game and we're using all our systems too, I think we're paying attention to that. Just learning every shift, every game and we're having fun out there too now." -- Kings forward Alex Iafallo

"With as tight as everything is, losing those extra points stinks, but at the same time we've got a quick turnaround. We've got to realize what gave us troubles, what gave us success and come out with a real solid effort in a quick turnaround tomorrow." -- Blackhawks defenseman Cody Franson after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Nick Shore -- Tyler Toffoli

Marian Gaborik -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Jussi Jokinen -- Torrey Mitchell -- Jonny Brodzinski

Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty

Kurtis MacDermid -- Alec Martinez

Derek Forbort -- Christian Folin

Jonathan Quick

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Andy Andreoff (upper body), Jeff Carter (lower body), Kyle Clifford (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Ryan Hartman -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

J.F. Berube

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Corey Crawford (undisclosed), Michal Rozsival (concussion)


Status report

Kings coach John Stevens said Mitchell (visa) is under consideration to play "as long as there are no issues during the day." Mitchell centered the fourth line during the morning skate. ... Stevens said Andreoff is feeling good and will rejoin the Kings when they return to Los Angeles. ... The Blackhawks did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Toffoli has three goals during a two-game goal streak after scoring three goals in his previous 12 games. ... Kane has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. ... Toews has 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 32 games against the Kings.

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