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11-29-2008, 01:15 PM
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Chicago @ Los Angeles - 11/29/08 - 1PM

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Los Angeles Kings
(9-9-3, 21 pts)

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Chicago Blackhawks
(10-5-6, 26 pts)


1:00PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA


TV Broadcast: Prime (Home), WGN(AWAY)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 204


GAME PREIVEW
As good as the first half of the Chicago Blackhawks' circus road trip was, the second half could send them home very unhappy.

The Blackhawks get their third and final chance to end a decade-long drought of failing to post a winning record on this annual trek as they meet the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

When the circus comes to Chicago each November, the Blackhawks (10-5-6) head out of town for an extended period and the trip usually doesn't go very well. They have not had a winning record on this road swing since 1997, when they went 3-1 with two ties.

That seemed likely to change this season, with Chicago winning at Phoenix, Dallas and Toronto to open the six-game trip. The Blackhawks scored 14 goals in those wins, but the offense has faded in the last two games and they've lost both.

The only Chicago player to score during that span is Jonathan Toews. His two goals weren't enough Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime defeat at San Jose, and on Friday the Blackhawks were shut out for the first time all season with a 1-0 loss to Anaheim and backup goalie Jonas Hiller.

"We have to find ways to score goals right now," Toews said. "The last couple of games we have struggled. I don't know what it is right now, but we have to find ways to put the puck in the net."

The Blackhawks are on the verge of matching their longest losing streak of the season. Seven of their last eight games have been decided by one goal and they've lost five of them.

"We have a young team and to get to the playoffs we have to learn how to win those games," Toews said.

Maybe not having Nikolai Khabibulin in net has had a negative effect as well. He suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of Wednesday's loss and could not play Friday. It's unclear when Khabibulin, 7-0-4 in his last 11 starts, will return, though Cristobal Huet played well Friday with 20 saves.

The goaltending situation in Los Angeles (9-9-3) is also unsettled. Erik Ersberg and Jason LaBarbera have each appeared in 12 games, but both have save percentages below .900.

LaBarbera started the Kings' most recent game and had one of his best performances of the season, making 22 saves in a 2-1 win at Edmonton on Wednesday. One night earlier at Calgary, Ersberg was pulled midway through the second period after allowing four goals in a 6-2 defeat.

"We're both capable, that's the thing," LaBarbera said. "I think they have confidence in both of us."

Wednesday's win might have provided a confidence boost for a Kings team which had lost four of five.

Anze Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan have both come alive, each scoring three goals in the last four games. Before that stretch, O'Sullivan had gone 11 straight games without scoring, and Kopitar only had two goals through his first 17 games.

However, the Los Angeles power play continues to struggle, with two goals in its last 26 chances. The Blackhawks have given up at least one power-play goal in seven straight games.

Chicago is 6-2-2 in its last 10 meetings with the Kings, including a 3-1-1 mark in Los Angeles despite giving up 24 goals in those five games.



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Marc-Andre Cliche (Separated shoulder on 10/06/08) IR
Jack Johnson (Shoulder injury on 10/13/08) IRR

CHICAGO
Dustin Byfuglien (Undisclosed injury on 11/26/08) day-to-day
Aaron Johnson (Left game - Left side on 11/26/08) day-to-day
Nikolai Khabibulin (Left game - Undisclosed injury on 11/26/08) day-to-day
James Wisniewski (Torn right ACL on 09/23/08) IR



RECENT MEETINGS
02/23/08 - Blackhawks @ Kings 6-5 (Blackhawks win in OT)
01/01/08 - Blackhawks @ Kings 9-2 (Kings win)
12/30/07 - Kings @ Blackhawks 3-2 (Kings win in OT)
12/12/07 - Kings @ Blackhawks 6-3 (Blackhawks win)

*Kings All-Time Record against Chicago (70-70-21)



LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
Kopitar, LA - 18 points (5 G, 13 A, +0)
Kane, CHI - 26 points (11 G, 15 A, +4)

Defensemen
Quincey, LA - 11 points (2 G, 9 A, +3)
Campbell, CHI - 16 points (4 G, 12 A, +5)



PROBABLE STARTERS
LaBarbera, LA - 12 GP Record: 4-5-1 GAA 2.87 SV% .890
Huet, CHI - 9 GP Record: 3-4-2 GAA 2.84 SV% .902



TEAM STATS
GAA
LA 2.67 (T-9th in NHL)
CHI 2.67 (T-9th in NHL)

Avg. Goals
LA 2.52 (T-23rd in NHL)
CHI 3.38 (3rd in NHL)

Power Play %
LA 15.7 (T-20th in NHL)
CHI 21.5 (T-6th in NHL)

Penalty Kill %
LA 84.4 (7th in NHL)
CHI 83.7 (9th in NHL)



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



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Here come the Hawks! Kings D better be in the "on" position - else they're gonna get their butts handed to them.

Last year's Hawks are what I'm hoping this year's Kings team shapes up to be. This is a great test for the Kings.

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how the **** is labs the probable starter....lkasdjgjsdlkj

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how the **** is labs the probable starter....lkasdjgjsdlkj
I think it was a guess, but I'm assuming both aren't right. Huet played last night.

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The Bulin Wall is hurt.

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The Bulin Wall is hurt.
Well that explains that.

Thanks... that bodes well for the Kings.

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Wasn't Khabibulin supposed to be traded?

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Most interesting for me...

will be the match up between Drew Doughty and the younger Hawks forwards. I wish we could see Jack Johnson against them too, but alas. Can our Defense contain them decently?

We're about to find out... GO KINGS!!

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Let's go Kings!

Anyone know how many of those 21 in the all-time record are ties and how many are OT losses?

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Kings definitely need to be on their "A" game for this one.

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Is it Iceberg or Labs?

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Hopefully we stay strong and play with them for the whole 60 minutes. Go KINGS!

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Here's hoping the Kings offense is getting back on track while Chicago's stays derailed.

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Is it Iceberg or Labs?
Ersberg at least to start.

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Thanks... I thought you knew before they annonced it.. but thanks anyway

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When did Calder get put back on the first line?!?!

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Zues!!!!!!! Early Lead!

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