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Chris Kuc: Blackhawks back in Central chase with 2 big wins in a row

“The Hawks are certainly happy with their reversal of fortune in the Central. What seemed like a lost cause in the race for the division title has again turned into a dogfight.”


Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks steamroll Kings for second straight big win

“The Kings are the top shot-suppression team in the NHL, giving up an average of 27 shots per game. The Hawks had 27 shots midway through the second period, 40 in all.”

Mark Potash: Backup goalie Scott Darling gives Blackhawks a lift in victory over Kings

“The Hawks have a habit of rising to the defense of their backup goaltender, whether it’s Antti Raanta or Darling, and came through again Monday night.”


Tracey Myers: Blackhawks continue push toward playoffs with win over Kings

“Indeed, the Blackhawks kept Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick busy, firing at least 11 shots at him each period.”

Tracey Myers: Five Things: Blackhawks’ defense bringing the offense

“Considering how dry their scoring has been lately, the Blackhawks will take goals from anyone. Still, getting it from the defense is definitely a bonus.”

Nina Falcone: Blackhawks commend Scott Darling on big outing vs. Kings

“The Blackhawks have reiterated all season long that they’re comfortable with whoever’s in net. Darling once against strengthened their confidence in his game with another big outing against a big opponent.”


FifthFeather: They Don’t Love You Like I Love You: Blackhawks 4, Kings 1

“If the Kings do manage to make the playoffs (which they most assuredly will), at least the Hawks can say they did everything to keep them out.”


randyholt: Blackhawks dethrone Kings, dominate in 4-1 victory

“Overall, this has to completely shift the mentality that the Hawks and their fans had just a few games ago.”

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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


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.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.