Chicago has been outscored 15-5 during its skid after averaging three goals per game in its first five games. The Blackhawks had 52 shot attempts, but couldn’t get a puck by goaltender Petr Mrazek in a 4-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday. Corey Crawford stopped 27 of 31 shots with two goals coming on the power play.
During the Blackhawks’ four-game skid they’ve had plenty of scoring opportunities with 117 scoring chances and 50 high-danger chances, according to Natural Stat Trick. They’ve also gone a dismal 0-for-16 on the power play during that span.
Blackhawks head coach coach Jeremy Colliton will change up his personnel Sunday by sitting veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook, so Dennis Gilbert can play. It’s the second time in Seabrook’s career he’ll be a healthy scratch with the first time coming back on Jan. 9, 2018, against Ottawa. Winger Drake Caggiula will also draw back into the lineup for Zack Smith.
Colliton on his reasoning for sitting Seabrook: "We want to get Gilbert in, and it's a back-to-back. It's a good opportunity to give Seabs a rest and see what Gilbert has."— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) October 27, 2019
Colliton on Seabrook's play: "I think he's been fine. He's working hard. He's trying to do the right things for us. I think he's had some really good moments. Just like the rest of our team, there's been times where we need more."— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) October 27, 2019
The Blackhawks will turn to goalie Robin Lehner on Sunday in the second game of the back-to-back. Lehner made at least 30 saves in his first three outings before stopping 19 of 23 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Flyers on Thursday. He’s 1-1-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and 1.71 goals saved above average in four games this season. He was 2-0 with two goals allowed in each contest against the Kings last season with the Islanders.
The Kings will also be playing the second half of a back-to-back as they fell 5-1 to the Wild on Saturday in Minnesota. Ben Hutton scored, and Jonathan Quick made 22 saves for Los Angeles, which allowed five goals for the second straight game.
Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in all three scoring categories: goals (four), assists (seven) and points (11). Saturday’s loss snapped a three-game point streak for the Slovenian. Ilya Kovalchuk is second in scoring on the team with eight points (three goals, five assists).
Jack Campbell will start in net for the Kings. Campbell is 2-2 with a 2.76 GAA, .897 save percentage and minus-1.29 GSAA in four outings. He made 33 saves in his only start against Chicago last March, a 3-2 win.
Your wee hours of the morning pre-game analysis:— Jimmy Greenfield (@jcgreenx) October 27, 2019
No team has allowed more goals than the Kings (44).
No team has scored fewer goals than the Blackhawks (20).
And now we wait.
Tale of the tape
Blackhawks — Statistic — Kings
49.8% (17th) — Corsi For — 53.3% (2nd)
49.9% (18th) — Faceoffs — 51.4% (8th)
2.22 (29th) — Goals per game — 2.73 (20th)
3.22 (12th) — Goals against per game — 4.00 (1st)
10.3% (26th) — Power play — 9.5% (28th)
70.4% (28th) — Penalty kill — 72.5% (25th)
Iafallo — Kopitar — Brown
Carter — Lizotte — Toffoli
Kovalchuk — Kempe — Lewis
Clifford — Amadio — Wagner
Hutton — Doughty
Martinez — Walker
MacDermid — Roy
How to watch
When: 6 p.m.
Where: United Center, Chicago
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Live stream: NBC Sports app