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Blackhawks vs. Kings game preview 2016: Michal Rozsival will play, Christian Ehrhoff out against old team

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Kris Versteeg and Rob Scuderi will return to the United Center.

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Michal Rozsival will return from a lower-body injury and Christian Ehrhoff will not play against his old team when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at the United Center.

Rozsival missed Friday's game in Dallas, but Ehrhoff, who the Hawks acquired from the Kings, will not play despite the custom for former players to play against their former team.

The Kings boast two former Blackhawks: forward Kris Versteeg and defenseman Rob Scuderi, who switched places with Ehrhoff in a trade. Versteeg was acquired from Carolina near the trade deadline.

Chicago (41-22-6) fell to third place in the Central Division after back-to-back losses to St. Louis and Dallas on the road. The Hawks went 0 for 5 on the power play and gave up two goals on the penalty kill in Dallas.

The Hawks hope they can rebound at home, where they are 24-8-2. They play four of their next five at the UC.

Corey Crawford will get the start despite allowing four first-period goals in Dallas. Crawford also has performed much better at home with a 20-8-2 with a 1.74 goals-against average in Chicago.

Projected lines:



Opponent Breakdown

Kings | Record: 40-22-5 | 85 points | 1st in Pacific Division

Los Angeles is in a tight playoff race as well. The Kings hold a two-point lead over Anaheim and a three-point edge on San Jose.

The Kings gave themselves some breathing room with a 2-1 overtime loss to New Jersey to salvage a point. While Chicago has performed well at home, L.A. has struggled on the road. The Kings have dropped four of five on the road and fourth straight regular-season loss in Chicago with a 4-2 defeat Nov. 22.

Perennial Selke finalist Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 31 assists and 59 points and ranks second on the team with 21 goals. Kopitar has benefited from Milan Lucic, who joined L.A. in the summer.

Projected lines:




BlackhawksMarcus Kruger

Kings: Jordan Nolan, Marian Gaborik, Matt Greene

How to watch

When: 7 p.m. CT

Where: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBCSN, CSN+ Chicago