Kings-Blackhawks preview

Despite having the worst record in the NHL, the Kings can tie last season’s win total of 27 with a victory. Chicago is last in the Central Division but does have a winning record at 28-26-6. There’s still a shot at the playoffs for the Blackhawks, but they are eight points back and need to get hot right away. There’s no doubt the Blackhawks remember their last meeting with the Kings, a 9-2 romp on New Year’s Day in one of those few occassions this season where everything went right for the Kings. With Jason LaBarbera injured, Dan Cloutier will make his fourth start of the season. Cloutier has won five starts in a row against Chicago, though the last was in 2005. Crawford said he will keep the line of Michael Cammalleri, Patrick O’Sullivan and Alexander Frolov together, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep the magic going from last game — when they combined for 11 points. Who plays on the top line alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will be something to watch. Scott Thornton got time there Thursday after O’Sullivan moved down when Derek Armstrong got injured. Armstrong will be out again today with a knee injury. Also look for the Kings debut of Matt Ellis, acquired off waivers from Detroit on Thursday.

A big reminder, 1 p.m. game today!

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  • NMKingFan

    Matt, thanks for the update, you’re burning some serious midnight oil. This might be the last game for a few Kings.

  • ryan

    They should try Purcell up with Kopitar and Brown. See what happens.

  • Gord

    I’ve been wondering about that – we are last in the league, but faring better than last year. ??

    I blame the extra point from overtime and shootout losses.

  • Shakes

    @Gord, d we had that benefit of extra non-winning points last year too. it just highlights how awful last year was.

  • John

    Ryan – I totally agree! Let’s see if Teddy can develop some chemistry with them. That has the potential to be a killer line.

  • Brian

    I agree 100% with Ryan and was telling myself the same thing. Put PURCELL w/ 23&11!

  • brianguy

    yeah I hope Teddy gets some good looks on a decent line for once.

  • brianguy

    oh Danny, Danny, Danny