National Hockey League
Preview
Los Angeles at Chicago
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, March 30, 2015
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Los Angeles Kings look to regain sole possession of third place in the Pacific Division when they wrap up a five-game road trip against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday. Los Angeles won the first three contests of the trek before suffering a 4-1 setback to Minnesota on Saturday. Coach Darryl Sutter believes navigating the Pacific is the way to go toward a postseason berth for the reigning Stanley Cup-champion Kings, who reside one point behind third-place Calgary - as opposed to two in back of Winnipeg for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

"We still have the opportunity to get home ice, as desperate as we are," Sutter said. "We still have the opportunity to go home in two weeks, so it's one of the two. You're not going to get a wild-card spot. The wild card's out of the picture." Chicago leapfrogged the Wild into third place in the Central Division after posting a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday. Captain Jonathan Toews burned his hometown team in heartbreaking fashion, deflecting defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson's blast with 31 seconds remaining in the third period to snap a tie.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RSN, TVA, CSN Chicago

ABOUT THE KINGS (37-24-14): Jeff Carter notched an assist versus the Wild to extend his point streak to three games, during which he has scored one goal and set up two others. Carter also collected three points (two goals, one assist) in Los Angeles' 4-3 victory over Chicago on Jan. 28. Tyler Toffoli and defenseman Jake Muzzin each have scored and set up a goal in two meetings with the Blackhawks this season.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (45-24-6): Brad Richards and Patrick Sharp also scored against the Jets, and both veterans have recorded two points versus Los Angeles this season. Richards scored twice in Chicago's 4-1 victory on Nov. 29 and has collected 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 28 career meetings with the Kings. Sharp collected a goal and an assist in the more recent encounter and has 20 goals and 36 points in 30 career contests against Los Angeles.

OVERTIME

1. Kings G Jonathan Quick saw his three-game winning streak halted after yielding two goals on nine shots before being pulled against Minnesota.

2. Chicago C Andrew Shaw scored his fourth goal in four games to reside one point shy of 100 for his career.

3. Los Angeles LW Dwight King scored against the Wild to snap his 19-game goalless drought.

PREDICTION: Kings 3, Blackhawks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 37-24-7-7 L1 22-9-4-3 15-15-3-4 5-4-1-1 32-20-6-6 12-5-4-3
Chicago 45-24-3-3 W1 22-10-3-2 23-14-0-1 4-3-0-0 41-21-3-3 15-10-0-0
Last Meeting
Los Angeles Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/28/15 CHI 3 LA 4 27 26 1-2 29 23 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 3
Chicago P. Kane 2
Goals Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 2
Chicago P. Kane 1
Assists Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 1
Chicago P. Kane 1
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 26
Chicago C. Crawford 23
Season
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 64
Chicago P. Kane 67
Goals Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 29
Chicago P. Kane 29
Assists Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 48
Chicago P. Kane 38
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 1651
Chicago C. Crawford 1485
Quickchart Matchup
Los Angeles Off vs  Chicago Def
2.64 GF
2.29 GA
30.8 Shots
30.1 Shots
44 PP
30 PK
Chicago Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.72 GF
2.41 GA
33.9 Shots
27 Shots
45 PP
42 PK