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Chicago seeks to end four-game slide; Los Angeles 2-5-0 in past seven

by Scott King / Independent Correspondent

KINGS (4-7-0) at BLACKHAWKS (2-5-2)



The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to end a four-game losing streak when they play the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Sunday. 

The Blackhawks have been outscored 14-5 while going 0-3-1. They play the second of a back to back after a 4-0 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Dennis Gilbert will play. 

The Kings have lost five of their past seven games (2-5-0) while allowing 10 goals in consecutive defeats, including 5-1 at the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.


Players to watch

Kings center Anze Kopitar has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past four games and is one point for 900 in the NHL. 

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has a team-high eight points (three goals, five assists) in nine games.


They said it

"They came out, their forecheck, we knew that it was going to be strong. I thought we did a pretty good job in the first and second, third, their first goal [was an] unfortunate bounce and no one really could find it until they were walking down Broadway, and it ended up going in there and we were kind of on our heels from there on. But you have to give them credit. They came out hard and once we had the puck out of the neutral zone, they set up a trap and waited for mistakes to happen." -- Kings defenseman Ben Hutton on the loss Saturday

"It's just a struggle right now to produce offense. Hopefully it's one of those things we start putting them in and it opens the floodgates." -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Jeff Carter -- Blake Lizotte -- Tyler Toffoli

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Adrian Kempe -- Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford -- Nikolai Prokhorkin -- Austin Wagner

Ben Hutton -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker

Joakim Ryan -- Matt Roy

Jack Campbell

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Michael Amadio, Kurtis MacDermid

Injured: Derek Forbort (back)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Patrick Kane

Dominik Kubalik -- David Kampf -- Alex Nylander

Brandon Saad -- Kirby Dach -- Andrew Shaw

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Carpenter -- Dylan Strome

Duncan Keith -- Calvin de Haan

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Slater Koekkoek -- Erik Gustafsson

Robin Lehner

Corey Crawford

Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Zack Smith, Brent Seabrook

Injured: Connor Murphy (groin)


Status report

The Blackhawks held an optional morning skate Sunday. The Kings didn't skate.


Stat pack

Chicago is 3-for-29 on the power play and 0-for-16 during the losing streak, when DeBrincat and Toews have each been held without a point. … Kempe will play his 200th NHL game.

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