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Petersen to make first NHL start in goal for Los Angeles; Kane trying to continue strong play for Chicago

by Scott King / Correspondent

KINGS (5-11-1) at BLACKHAWKS (7-8-4)

8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSCH, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

Calvin Petersen will make his first NHL start and Carl Hagelin will make his debut for the Los Angeles Kings against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Friday.

The 24-year-old goalie will replace Peter Budaj, who has an illness. Petersen made his NHL debut during a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, making 15 saves in relief of Budaj. It was the Kings' third straight loss (0-3-0).

Hagelin was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday for forward Tanner Pearson.

Chicago, which ended an eight-game losing streak (0-6-2) with a 1-0 win against the St. Louis Blues at United Center on Wednesday, will try to win consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 23-25.

Players to watch

Kings forward Adrian Kempe scored against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, his first in 13 games.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games.

They said it

"It's very cool. It's basically as much of a hometown game as I can get. It's cool. I'm obviously just excited again to wear the jersey. I know the boys are going to battle hard so it's an exciting opportunity." -- Kings goalie Calvin Petersen, who was born in Waterloo, Iowa, about 265 miles west of Chicago, on making first NHL start

"I don't think we're in a position to be playing down to anyone. We've got to get our points. Just as we are now, and just as we were last game, they are a desperate team. It's a situation where you got to do anything you can to get the points." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli

Carl Hagelin -- Adrian Kempe -- Matt Luff

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Dion Phaneuf -- Oscar Fantenberg

Calvin Petersen

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Paul LaDue, Michael Amadio

Injured: Jack Campbell (knee), Jonathan Quick (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder)

Blackhawks projected lineup

Nick Schmaltz -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kahun

Brandon Saad -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Chris Kunitz -- Marcus Kruger -- Andreas Martinsen

Duncan Keith -- Brent Seabrook

Erik Gustafsson -- Henri Jokiharju

Brandon Manning -- Gustav Forsling

Corey Crawford

Cam Ward

Scratched: Jan Rutta, Alexandre Fortin, Luke Johnson

Injured: Connor Murphy (back), Brandon Davidson (right leg)

Status report

Kruger was activated from injured reserve Friday and will play after missing the past three games. Davidson was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Stat pack

The Kings have allowed at least four goals in eight of their past 13 games. … The Blackhawks have allowed at least four goals in five of their past seven games.

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