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Blackhawks Vs. Kings: Chicago Looks For Victory With Blues Looming

The Chicago Blackhawks (37-25-7) will face the Los Angeles Kings (31-25-12) without captain Jonathan Towes, who participated in the team's morning skate but is expected to sit out.

Mar 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) is defended by New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22)  during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) is defended by New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (22) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Blackhawks will face the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday for the second time in seven days, and after getting blown out 5-1 by the NHL's point leaders, the Blackhawks surely have that game circled on their calendars. But before they can get to that they'll face the Los Angeles Kings, who at two points out of the Western Conference's eighth seed are no slouch in their own right.

The Blackhawks are coming off of a 4-3 victory over the East leading New York Rangers and have won four of their last five games. The Kings, meanwhile, have lost two in a row and six of their last ten, including a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team that's easily the worst in the NHL. The Blackhawks and Kings last met in late February in Los Angeles, when the Kings knocked off the Chicago by the score of 4-0. The loss was part of a three game losing streak that followed a four game winning streak which itself had come after the Blackhawks had lost nine in a row.

Game date/time: Sunday, March 11, 6:00 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago, Ill.

TV: NBC Sports Network

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