Kings-Blackhawks Preview: Dad Time
Since we last lost a game to the Chicago Blackhawks...
IN: Brandon Pirri was recalled from the AHL to center Sharp and Hossa against Columbus.
OUT: Marcus Kruger experienced a renewal of his concussion symptoms one game after his return. (The Jackets targeted him all night. Sad.) Dan Carcillo may be close to returning.
Also of note: Patrick Kane missed practice with flu symptoms, and Steve Montador had a "maintenance day."
Gagne was placed on IR with a concussion, and did not travel with the team.Andrei Loktionov
remains on the 23 man roster and shifts to wing.
Game outlook: The Blackhawks are the NHL's hottest team (8-1-1 in their last ten), and speed always gives the Kings trouble. Though they have improved markedly possession-wise since Murray was fired -- that's including the John Stevens road trip -- Detroit, St. Louis, and Chicago remain a cut above. It's going to take an all-out team effort and some fatherly inspiration to win this one.