Kings return to face Blackhawks tonight on CSN

Kings return to face Blackhawks tonight on CSN
December 30, 2013, 8:45 am
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Nina Falcone

After falling to the Blues in a shootout on Saturday night, the Blackhawks return home to host the Kings tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet beginning at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

It's been just 15 days since the Blackhawks grabbed a 3-1 win over the Kings, and tonight the defending champions look to make it two in a row against LA.

Prior to that Dec. 15 game, the Kings played 18 straight without allowing a first-period goal. But the Blackhawks came out firing, recording three goals in the first 20 minutes. The Kings did a better job of containing the Blackhawks during the second and third periods, but it wasn't enough to give Los Angeles a lead at any point in the night.

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The Blackhawks are coming into tonight's game following a 6-5 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Patrick Kane recorded a goal and two assists in Chicago's weekend loss, and tonight he'll look to extend his 14-game point streak.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (23 G, 30 A), Patrick Sharp (22 G, 19 A), Jonathan Toews (15 G, 25 A), Duncan Keith (3 G, 35 A), Marian Hossa (14 G, 20 A)

Kings: Anze Kopitar (12 G, 21 A), Mike Richards (6 G, 21 A), Justin Williams (13 G, 1 2A), Jeff Carter (12 G, 10 A), Drew Doughty (6 G, 15 A)

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(Likely) goaltender matchup

Neither team has yet announced who will get the start in net, but it's likely Antti Raanta will be back between the pipes for the Blackhawks. Raanta's posted a .906 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average in his 14 NHL games.

Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens have served pretty even time since Jonathan Quick's injury. And with head coach Darryl Sutter's track record, we might not know the Kings' starter until warmups begin at the United Center.

Jones has posted a .953 save percentage and 1.31 goals-against average in nine games this season. He tied a franchise record by winning his first eight NHL starts.

Scrivens — who got the start for the Kings during their last trip to Chicago — has recorded a .938 save percentage and 1.76 goals-against average in 17 games this season.

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