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National Hockey League
Preview
Los Angeles at Chicago
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, February 19, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Blackhawks look to build off their first victory of the month as they continue their five-game homestand Monday against the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago opened February with eight straight setbacks (0-7-1) and took out its frustrations on Washington on Saturday as 12 different players landed on the scoresheet in a 7-1 triumph.

Captain Jonathan Toews led the way with a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks improved to 1-1-0 on their homestand and climbed within 11 points of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Los Angeles trails the Wild by two points after ending its three-game slide with a 4-2 win over Sabres on Saturday, its first victory in Buffalo since Feb. 21, 2003. Captain Anze Kopitar and Michael Amadio each scored twice for the Kings, who also are two points behind Anaheim for third place in the Pacific Division. Kopitar leads the team in scoring (63 points) and has netted six of his club-high 25 tallies over his last seven contests.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network, TVA, FS West (Los Angeles), WGN (Chicago)

ABOUT THE KINGS (31-22-5): Kopitar has been kept off the scoresheet in only three of his last 19 games, collecting eight goals and 15 assists in that span while registering seven multi-point performances. The 30-year-old Slovenian is one point away from reaching 800 for his career. Dustin Brown notched a pair of assists against the Sabres and is two shy of 300 in the NHL.

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (25-26-8): Patrick Kane ended his five-game point drought Saturday with a goal and an assist, with the latter being the 500th of his career. The 29-year-old former Hart Trophy winner, who is slated to skate in his 800th career game on Monday, is just the fifth member of the Blackhawks - and 29th in NHL history - to record 300 goals and 500 assists. Artem Anisimov leads the team with nine power-play goals, which matches his total over the previous two seasons combined.

OVERTIME

1. Blackhawks rookie RW Alex DeBrincat is riding a four-game point streak during which he has recorded three goals and two assists.

2. Los Angeles D Dion Phaneuf has gotten off to a good start since being acquired from Ottawa, scoring a goal in his debut before finishing with a plus-2 rating on Saturday.

3. Chicago D Carl Dahlstrom notched an assist Saturday for his first point in five NHL contests.

PREDICTION: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 31-22-5-0 W1 14-9-3-0 17-13-2-0 2-2-0-0 29-20-5-0 8-9-3-0
Chicago 25-26-7-1 W1 13-13-3-0 12-13-4-1 1-1-0-0 24-25-7-1 6-9-1-1
Last Meeting
Los Angeles Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/3/17 LA 3 CHI 1 24 24 0-1 25 21 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles D. Brown 2
Chicago B. Seabrook 1
Goals Player  
Los Angeles D. Brown 1
Chicago J. Toews 1
Assists Player  
Los Angeles D. Brown 1
Chicago B. Seabrook 1
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 24
Chicago A. Forsberg 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 65
Chicago P. Kane 58
Goals Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 25
Chicago A. Debrincat 24
Assists Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 40
Chicago P. Kane 36
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 1280
Chicago C. Crawford 869
Quickchart Matchup
Los Angeles Off vs  Chicago Def
2.84 GF
2.86 GA
31 Shots
32 Shots
32 PP
31 PK
Chicago Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.86 GF
2.5 GA
34.8 Shots
31.6 Shots
35 PP
33 PK