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NHL on NBC: Kings to raise banner, take on ‘Hawks

Jan 19, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT

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The Kings will celebrate their Stanley Cup championship on Saturday with a banner raising and ring ceremony.

Then they’ll get onto the business of battling the 2010 Cup champs.

That’ll be the scene as Los Angeles hosts the Chicago Blackhawks (3 p.m. ET, NBC) at Staples to open up the 2013 NHL regular season.

While the focus will largely be on the Kings — the reigning champs enter the season with targets on their back — there’ll be some focus on the Blackhawks as well.

Chicago isn’t far removed from being king of the hill, and dealing with the pressure that comes from it. Since winning the Cup two years ago, the ‘Hawks have struggled to achieve similar success and have been eliminated in the first round of consecutive postseasons.

Backup netminder Ray Emery said the opener against Los Angeles and the condensed 48 game schedule will give the ‘Hawks a new opportunity to remind people they’re a Cup contender.

“We get to wipe the slate clean,” he explained. “We know that we have tons of talent. We’ve got role players and depth. It’s exciting to correct some mistakes and move forward.”

Los Angeles is looking to wipe the slate clean too, albeit in a different manner.

The Kings want to carry over postseason momentum — they only lost four games en route to the Cup — and return almost their entire roster from last season.

But they also recognize a new season means new beginnings, and they can’t rest on past laurels.

“We’re the defending champs,” Anze Kopitar told the Los Angeles Times. “Everyone is going to try to beat us. I don’t think that changes anything in here. It’s going out there and leaving the past behind you.…You’ve got to turn the page now and write a new script for it.

“It’s going to be a short season and you can’t afford to make any mistakes.”

Tale of the Tape

Los Angeles Kings (2011-12) Chicago Blackhawks (2011-12)
Record: 40-27-15, 95 PTS (3rd in Pacific, 8th in Western Conference) Record: 45-26-11, 101 PTS (4th in Central, 6th in Western Conference)
Leading Scorer: Anze Kopitar (25G-51A-76PTS) Leading Scorer: Marian Hossa (29G-48A-77PTS)
Goalie: Jonathan Quick (35-21-13, 1.95 GAA) Goalie: Corey Crawford (20-17-7, 2.72 GAA)


Notes

Kopitar will miss Saturday’s game with a knee sprain. (LA Times)

Willie Mitchell will also be out with a knee injury (ESPN)

Jonathan Toews didn’t practice on Friday. (NHL.com)

  1. trbowman - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I don’t think the Hawks are a cup contender, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they missed the playoffs entirely. Corey Crawford is a sieve in net and they’ve got no depth.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Clueless…

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Hey Kings. …I think you Have something of ours…we’re coming…

    • badintent - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Heck,you boys were lucky to get out of that riot in Vancovuer, the burning car smoke was mixed with tons of tear gas , I had to shut all the windows when the smoke came downwind. I t got in elevator shafts and went up to my guy’ s penthouse.Brutal. The only cops that did a freaking thing escorted your team bus out of the city core barely.But you won on the road and that;s a mark of a true champion.Just like my Gmen did with the Pats

    • ron05342 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

      Get past the Rangers first, then we’ll talk.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Just dominated the rangers with ease, I realize it’s the first game, but that game could have easily been 7-1.

  3. trbowman - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Although, I’d love to see a Ray Emery resurgence and see him take sole control over that starting job.

  4. juliath83 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    What about Penguins and Flyers? I thought those were the only two teams in the NHL. Who are these Kings and Blackhawks you speak of?

    • ron05342 - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

      Ha ha. Good one.

      Actually, the old msnbc.com had only one team in the NHL. The Penguins. That was the lead story every single evening in 2008 that I had to wonder if the sports editor was a not-so-closet Penguins fan.

  5. capsfan19 - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    The roster for 2010 blackhawks was filthy!! After they unloaded all those players that was a totally different team.

  6. giantssb42champs - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Congrats to the Kings!

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Look for the Rangers this year to dominate. If they remain healthy expect them to be amongst the top 2 teams of the league with Vancouver.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Look? You talk like everyone doesn’t know who are the best teams. Add pens and bruins in there. Kings too.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Don’t forget the flyers and the hawks. However, their net minding is questionable.

  8. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Time to nap.

  9. houseof666 - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    This is off topic by why the hell would NBC show wheel of fortune instead of the bruins v rangers game…

  10. enahendee - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    You people at NBC sports suck!!!! About three minutes into the third these idiots switched us over to the pens and flyers! I am on the west coast and a kings fan even though they are losing it really pisses me off that these morons switched the game. West coast should be watching west coast games. Super mad right now.

    • Dave Trotter - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I live in Illinois and they did the same thing! I hear ya!

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