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Get your game notes: Kings at Blackhawks

Dec 30, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 02: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks near the side boards in the first period of Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Los Angeles Kings starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

  • The Blackhawks host the Kings in the second of three meetings this season (Chicago won 3-1 at home on Dec. 15) after having eliminated LA in June in the Western Conference Final.
  • Tonight’s game pits the league’s highest-scoring team (Chicago: 153 goals (3.73/game), 0 times shut out) against the league’s stingiest team (Los Angeles, 77 goals allowed (1.97/game), league-leading 7 shutouts). The Blackhawks however have also surrendered 110 goals – their games are by a wide margin the highest-scoring in the NHL, while the Kings are at the opposite end of that list.

 TEAM & OPP GPG TEAM GOAL DIFF.

1. Blackhawks 6.41 +43 (t-1st in NHL)

2. Senators 5.93 -15

3. Coyotes 5.92 -1

 …

28. Kings 4.59 +25 (7th in NHL)

29. Sabres 4.49 -43

30. Canadiens 4.53 +10
  • The Blackhawks have an NHL-high six players with 10+ goals this season; Patrick Kane (23), Patrick Sharp (22), Jonathan Toews (15), Marian Hossa (14), Brandon Saad (13), Andrew Shaw (11).
  • Kane is in the midst of a career-best 14-game point streak (8 goals, 17 assists) since Nov. 30 (2nd longest streak in NHL this season – Ryan Getzlaf, ANA, 16), and has at least one point in 26 of his last 27 games. His team-leading 53 points and 23 goals rank 2nd recorded 50 or more points in each of his seven NHL seasons.
  • ‘Hawks goalie Corey Crawford (lower-body injury) has been out since Dec. 8; he lead the NHL with 17 wins at the time. Rookie Antti Raanta is 6-1-2 in his absence and has allowed 2 goals or fewer in 12 of 13 games this season before giving up 5 goals on 25 shots in Sat. 6-5 SO loss at STL.
  • Similarly, Kings netminder Jonathan Quick has been sidelined with a groin injury since Nov. 12; freshman Martin Jones (8-1-0, 1.31 GAA, 3 SO this season) & Ben Scrivens (7-4-4, 1.76 GAA, 3 SO) have filled the void. Jones won his first 8 NHL starts to tie a league record set by the Flyers’ Bob Froese in 1982-83. The Kings however have lost their last two games (5-2 on Dec. 23 vs DAL & 3-2 on Dec. 28 at NSH). LA last lost 3 straight games from Jan. 19-24 when they went 0-2-1 to open last season.
  1. joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Them Hawks are a tough team to beat, and more so at home. Hawks will win by 2. Sorry Blomfeld. 😊

  2. blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    *** this message is for fans of the SC Champion LA Kings only ***

    LOCKED, LOADED AND READY !

    Friends, the stage is now set for us to deliver a ‘statement’ game in no uncertain terms, not just to the ‘punk’ Kane, but more importantly to the league as a whole. And we can do in a way they won’t soon forget. After all, what kind of SC champion surrenders 6 x goals to a team like the Blues ? (Planet of the Apes hockey). Not only was that incomprehensible from a hockey perspective, even worse, it was an outright indignity to the ‘tradition & honor’ which comes with being the ‘reigning’ Stanley Cup champion. You never saw us Kings giving up goals like that as defending SC Champs last year. Then again, we all know who won the Stanley Cup the last time it was based on a ‘full’ 82 x game regulation season eh ? Anyway, I spoke to my old friend Stransky this morning by phone from Malmö and after crunching the numbers, he said ‘at minimum’ he’s coming up with a 9-2 King’s victory, though this could be as much as 12-2 or 13-2 once the dust settles …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      News flash Blom: the CURRENT cup champs handed your beloved kings an A$$ kicking on your banner raising day. That was 5 goals. StL scored 5, not 6 on Saturday against a #3 goalie.
      They could’ve played 162 games last year and it wouldn’t have made any difference for the start-to-finish domination Chicago displayed all season.
      “Punk Kane”???…..yeah, ok, 3 years ago. Nowadays, he’s the reigning Conn Smythe winner, and has more cup wins than the LA Queens organization.
      How’d you like his hat trick to send the queens home in 5 games last year? Priceless!

      • blomfeld - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        “Punk Kane”? … hell ya !!! :)

        Fair enough then pal, we’ll see tonight … anyway, what’s going to be really funny is watching our own # 3 goalie slamming the door shut on you freaks ! … and save the crap about ‘domination’ … we’ve got two games in hand on you people and if we win those we’re a whole three points behind you, so what’s your point ? … about the only thing you people ‘dominate’ in is ‘food eating’ contests and ‘time spent’ sucking up to Oprah Winfrey !

        ‘FALL IN’ FELLOW KINGS … IT’S TIME TO CRUSH THE OPRAH LOVERS !!!

    • jhaegs - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      How did all this nonsense work out for you, blumpkin? Your team should focus in scoring 1 goal before they start thinking about 9 of them.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    blackhawksdynasty

    i liked the way hawks dominated grand rapids, errrr, wings…it was unfair really…hawks generosity in stealing a game seven overtime from a clearly superior opponent was breathtaking…literally…

    all those puckered sphincters releasing in unison…yet the co2 countering the ch4 prevented another great fire in chicago so it did…the chelsea stagger

    total dominance

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Like I said then, old friend, I thank the Dead Wings for waking up the sleeping giant Hawks. Once that happened, there was no stopping Chicago. (We all know there never should have been an OT in game 7)

      Yes, 2013 Hawks were a dominant team start to finish – with a few hiccups as every team has. Statistically one of the most dominant seasons by any team in history. Fun year, just like this one has been.

  4. alexbaymac - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Not that Blom-the-bomb will ever admit to showing up back here after that ridiculously errant prediction was proven to be just that, errant,…but it looks like the only door that slammed was in the King’s face tonight. Jones did well; Raanta did even better. And it will be a sweet New Year with another King-free cup celebration in 2014. Elvis, the King is dead, RIP.

    • blomfeld - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      DARKNESS …

      I’m here friend as I’ll never be one to turn and run, even in defeat …

      take care and happy new year eh !!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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