Blackhawks look to continue domination over Kings

Blackhawks look to continue domination over Kings
March 25, 2013, 10:30 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks (24-3-3) have returned home from a four-game road trip and will face off against the Los Angeles Kings (17-12-2) tonight. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 6:30.

The Blackhawks have spent the last four days practicing, catching up on some rest and watching plenty of hockey. Now they'll play in front of a home crowd for the first time since March 10 as they face off against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Tonight these two teams will face each other for their third and final time throughout the regular season. In their season opener, the Blackhawks spoiled the Kings' banner-raising ceremony with a 5-2 victory that kicked off their 24-game point streak. Chicago pulled out another win back in February against a Kings roster that seemed to still be battling a Cup hangover.

But the tides have turned in Los Angeles.

L.A. has been playing in typical Kings fashion: They had a tough start to the year, but began getting it together around the midpoint of the season. They're now ranked sixth in the Western Conference standings with nearly the same roster they won the Stanley Cup with -- the same roster that came back to win it all after entering the playoffs as an eighth seed.

Last year, the Blackhawks went 1-3 against the Kings during the regular season, and now they'll try to make up for those three losses by going 3-0.

Point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Kane (16 goals, 22 assists), Jonathan Toews (15 goals, 15 assists), Marian Hossa (13 goals, 10 assists)

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Kings: Anze Kopitar (nine goals, 19 assists), Justin Williams (four goals, 17 assists), Jeff Carter (18 goals, three assists)

Previous matchups

Blackhawks: The Blackhawks went 3-1 on their recent four-game road trip, recording wins against the the Blue Jackets, Stars and Avalanche. However, their final stop in Anaheim wasn't as successful, as the No. 2 Ducks came out with a 4-2 victory.

Kings: After topping the Coyotes in back-to-back matchups, the Kings have suffered two shutout losses to both the Stars and Canucks.

Both teams have a lot on the line coming into tonight's game. The Blackhawks hold just a three-point lead in the standings over the Ducks, who will also be playing tonight against the Sharks.

The Kings have spent time fluctuating between the fourth and eighth seed, continuing to battle in a tight race with the Wild, Red Wings and Blues. They'll feel they have something to prove after failing to score in their two previous matchups against the Blackhawks.

But like Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said last week, the Hawks will gladly accept the target on their back.

Join the conversation during tonight's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and make sure to keep up the latest team-related social media trends on Blackhawks Pulse.