The Blackhawks are back on home ice tonight to take on the LA Kings after a heartbreaking shootout loss in St.Louis on Saturday. This is the final Blackhawks game of the year. A win tonight could earn the Hawks two points and could possibly break the points tie between them and Anaheim Ducks.
What You Need to Know
The 25-10-4 Kings are 6th in the league with 54 points. This is a team the Blackhawks have only seen once so far this season and, patient after being beaten 3-1, I’m sure the Kings are looking for some revenge. As always, I’m going to share with you which team members to keep your eye on so let’s get to it.
Los Angeles Kings: We’ll start with the obvious, Anze Kopitar (AHN-jay KOH-pi-tahr), the Kings’ points leader. He has 33 points, 12 goals, 21 assists, and great net presence. Look for Kopitar to post up in front of the net and try to sneak pucks by Raanta. Next we want to look at 27 point, 6 goal, 21 assist Mike Richards. Aside from being a King’s points leader, Richards is pretty hot too, which certainly helps when watching the opponent. Lastly, we’ll take a look at L.A.’s goalie, Ben Scrivens. With Jonathon Quick still out, Scrivens has stepped in and earned himself a .938 save percentage and 1.76 GAA. Based on that, I imagine L.A. is pretty happy to have him.
Chicago Blackhawks: Why don’t we start with the obvious here as well? Patrick Kane, baby! With an impressive 53 points, 23 goals, and 30 assists, he’s just behind Sidney Crosby on the league’s leaderboard. If you ask me, this kid can’t be stopped. Next I want to talk about one of my favorite Blackhawks, Marian Hossa. Big Hoss has 34 points, 14 goals and 20 assists. He’s a seasoned player, he’s consistent and I expect nothing but good things from him as the season progresses. Of course I have to talk about Antti Raanta! If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a big fan of his and I think he’s proving himself in Crawford’s absence with a .906 save percentage and 2.38 GAA. I say keep up the good work buddy!
Your Take Away Piece
“The Blackhawks can put themselves ahead of Anaheim in the league standings with a win over the L.A. Kingstonight. They continue to play good, solid hockey with a stacked roster of amazing players. I’d like to see them end the year on a high note.”
You can catch the game either at the United Center or on Comcast SportsNet at 7pm. The Blackhawks will have two days off to celebrate the New Year before they return to the ice on Thursday in New York to take on the Islanders at 6pm. Happy New Year, Divas! Have fun and be safe.