The Blackhawks are back in action with a late puck drop — by local standards — against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. There will be pregame festivities for those attending in the atrium as part of the Blackhawks ‘Hockey Fights Cancer’ event including a purple carpet event and a purple scarf giveaway for the first 10,000 fans.
Blackhawks television and radio analyst Troy Murray — who is fighting his own battle with cancer — dons the purple scarf that the early arrivers will go home with tonight.
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Chicago Blackhawks (4-4-2; 10 points)
Andreas Athanasiou — Max Domi — Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev — Jonathan Toews — Taylor Raddysh
MacKenzie Entwistle — Jason Dickinson — Sam Lafferty
Boris Katchouk — Jujhar Khaira — Reese Johnson
Jake McCabe — Jack Johnson
Jarred Tinordi — Connor Murphy
Filip Roos — Caleb Jones
Los Angeles Kings (6-6-0; 12 points)
Adrian Kempe – Anze Kopitar – Gabriel Vilardi
Trevor Moore – Phillip Danault – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Rasmus Kupari – Carl Grundstrom
Brandt Clarke – Blake Lizotte – Arthur Kaliyev
Mikey Anderson – Drew Doughty
Sean Durzi – Matt Roy
Alexander Elder – Brandt Clarke
Still no Petr Mrazek, Tyler Johnson, or Seth Jones. The Blackhawks will also be without Alex Stalock (concussion). Arvid Soderblom will start, and Dylan Wells will be his backup.
Los Angeles Kings
Alex Iafallo is on IR with a lower-body injury, and Quinton Byfield missed Saturday’s game with an illness.
What to Watch For
- The Blackhawks could only muster up a third-period power-play goal from Jonathan Toews in Tuesday’s loss to the Islanders. Toews’ goal was his sixth of the season, extending his point streak to six games.
- Arvid Soderblom was solid in relief of the injured Alex Stalock on Tuesday night against the Islanders, stopping 28-of-30 saves. Soderblom has stopped 69 of 75 shots in two appearances this season (.920) and has an 0-1-1 record. Soderblom is still searching for his first NHL victory after posting an 0-2-0 record last season, allowing 4.20 GA/G and a .888 save percentage.
- Toews’ PPG on Tuesday night was the norm for the Blackhawks this season. The Hawks rank sixth in the NHL with a 27.3 percent power play rate, and they have five PPG goals in their last six games as a team.