LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks collide in the third period at Staples Center on February 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 4-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks (33-23-7) can avoid another painful losing streak with a victory over the Anaheim Ducks (26-25-10).
The Chicago Blackhawks have been more roller coaster than hockey team in February, starting the month by losing six straight games (nine overall, dating back to January) before reeling off four straight victories, only to lose two more in a row after that. And that leaves us here, with the Hawks trying to stave off another debilitating losing streak as they head a bit north from Los Angeles to take on the Anaheim Ducks.
The Blackhawks don't look quite in danger of losing their grips on the playoffs just yet, but they are only five points ahead of the three teams currently tied for the West's eighth position, and the schedule isn't getting much easier in the coming weeks. The Hawks are coming off of a lackluster 4-0 loss to to the Los Angeles Kings, which included goalie Corey Crawford being pulled in the second period. Ray Emery, who didn't allow a goal after replacing Crawford, is expected to be in net for the Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Game date/time: February 26, 2012, 6:00 p.m. CT
Location: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 720 WGN AM
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