With the Kings looking to build some momentum at home, the Chicago Blackhawks might not be their first choice to come to town. The Kings are 1-8-1 in their last 10 games against Chicago, with the lone win coming in a shootout. Yes, the Blackhawks are at the end of a long road trip and are playing back-to-back games, but they’re also coming off a huge victory against Anaheim yesterday, in which they scored four third-period goals to beat the Ducks 6-5. Team captain Jonathan Toews led the way with two goals and three assists, not that Terry Murray and the Kings weren’t already aware of him…
MURRAY: “He’s a good player, great tenacity. That’s what you love about him. He’s on the puck, he’s intense all the time. He’s a very serious professional. For a young man, it’s incredible. Patrick Sharp, not a bad game either. He’s a player that can finish when the opportunity is there. So, a good team. They know how to win. They have got the job done, and you can see those leaders really stepping up and taking charge.’’
Still, as Drew Doughty pointed out, it’s a big game for the Kings. They took three out of a possible four points on the road this week, but have a bitter taste after Dallas rallied for the overtime win on Wednesday.
DOUGHTY: “We needed to come up with that win. We can’t be satisfied with getting three out of four points every time. We need to be winning every game against teams like Chicago, and then San Jose right after that. Those are two huge games coming up for us, and we really need to win both.’’