Game 76 Preview: Los Angeles at Chicago - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (37-24-14) at Chicago Blackhawks (45-24-6)
Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:30 p.m. PT
United Center, Chicago, IL
Referees: #29 Ian Walsh, #10 Paul Devorski
Linesmen: #73 Vaughan Rody, #84 Tony Sericolo
NBC Sports Network, KABC 790 AM

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Seven

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2014-15: 66 GP (65 GS) / 33-20-12 record / 2.28 GAA / .916 Sv% / 6 SHO
Career vs Chicago: 21 (20) / 10-6-4 / 2.79 / .908 / 2
Last Game vs Chicago: 1/28/15 / 60 MP / 26-29 shots / 4-3 W
2014-15, Away: 31 (31) / 13-12-6 / 2.58 / .908 / 1

Chicago Projected Starting Goaltender – Scott Darling*
2014-15: 11 GP (10 GS) / 7-3-0 record / 1.84 GAA / .939 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: First appearance
Last Game vs Los Angeles: First appearance
2014-15, Home: 4 (3) / 2-1-0 / 1.07 / .963 / 0
*The Blackhawks have not named a starter and did not hold a full morning skate prior to the second game of a back-to-back set. Presumably we’ll learn the starting goalie when Joel Quenneville meets with the media at 5:30 p.m.

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

2014-15 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (16-44=60)
Goals: Jeff Carter (26-30=56)
Assists: Anze Kopitar (16-44=60)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+22; 22-22=44)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (83; 6-8=14)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (29:05; 5-36=41)
Corsi-For Percentage: Andrej Sekera (60.8%; 3-20=23)

2014-15 Chicago Leaders
Total Points: Patrick Kane (27-37=64)*
Goals: Patrick Kane (27-37=64)*
Assists: Patrick Kane (27-37=64)*, Jonathan Toews (25-37=62)
Plus/Minus: Jonathan Toews (+27; 25-37=62)
Penalty Minutes: Andrew Shaw (61; 14-8=22)
Time On Ice: Duncan Keith (25:34; 8-35=43)
Corsi-For Percentage: David Rundblad (54.7%; 3-10=13)
*On Injured Reserve; active leader is Jonathan Toews (25-37=62)

Arizona Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 19 / 2.64; CHI – 16 / 2.72
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 5 / 2.41; CHI – 2 / 2.29
Power Play: LAK – 15 / 18.6%; CHI – t-17 / 18.2%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 17 / 81.1%; CHI – 5 / 84.5%
Shots/Game: LAK – t-10 / 30.8; CHI – 1 / 33.9
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 27.0; CHI – 20 / 30.1
Faceoffs: LAK – 11 / 51.5%; CHI – 5 / 52.0%
Save Percentage: LAK – t-13 / .911; CHI – 2 / .924
Corsi-For Percentage: LAK – 1 / 55.0%; CHI – 3 / 53.4%

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Seven

Los Angeles Projected Lines

Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Dustin Brown – Nick Shore – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Mike Richards – Jordan Nolan

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Andrej Sekera
Alec Martinez – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lines: B+. The Kings didn’t hold a full morning skate, so no line rushes were held. The alignment above is based on groupings at yesterday’s practice and the previous four games on this road trip. Jonathan Quick left the ice first at the morning skate and is expected to start in net.

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 78-85-22 all-time against Chicago, a record that includes a road mark of 37-45-11. The Kings are 1-1-0 thus far in the season series and 3-6-1 in their last 10 visits to the United Center. … Los Angeles is 21-12-10 against the Western Conference and 9-7-3 against the Central Division. … The Kings are 6-1-1 in their last eight road games. … Los Angeles is 13-9-14 in one-goal games and 24-15 in games decided by two goals or more. … In 17 regular season and playoff games against Chicago, Tyler Toffoli has eight goals, 15 points and a 57.0% raw Corsi rating (211 CF / 159 CA). … Dating back to February 7, Jonathan Quick is 16-5-2 with a 1.81 GAA, a .930 Sv% and three shutouts. (1322:22 min / 574 shots against / 534 saves). … Anze Kopitar has 15 points (4-11=15) in his last 13 games and eight points (2-6=8) in his last six games. He leads the club with 23 power play points (6-17=23), six points more than any other King. … With 198 career assists, Drew Doughty is two assists shy of 200 in his career. … Jeff Carter leads all skaters in the season series with three points (2-1=3). He has points in three straight games (1-2=3). … Marian Gaborik has 28 points (12-16=28) and a plus-13 rating in 28 career games against Chicago.

Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Projected Lines

Kris Versteeg – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp – Brad Richards – Antoine Vermette
Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Brandon Saad
Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Kyle Baun

Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Duncan Keith – David Rundblad
Kimmo Timonen – Brent Seabrook

Scott Darling
Corey Crawford

Notes and milestones: Lines via NHL.com correspondent Brian Hedger … Patrick Kane will miss his 15th game with a fractured clavicle. Via Hedger, Joakim Norstrom (upper-body), Daniel Carcillo (upper-body), Teuvo Teravainen, Michal Rozsival and Michael Paliotta could be scratched tonight. … Chicago is 32-8-2 when scoring first, 25-2-0 when leading after the first period and 23-0-0 when leading after two periods this season. … The Blackhawks have received the second-fewest penalty minutes in the NHL this season (7.3). … With 247 career goals, Patrick Sharp is three goals shy of 250. He has 36 points (20-16=36) in 30 career games against the Kings. … The Blackhawks are expected to play in front of their 315th consecutive sell-out tonight (267 regular season / 48 playoffs). … Chicago is 7-5-1 on the second night of back-to-back sets.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.
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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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