Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 3rd 2022

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The Chicago Blackhawks have a goalie crisis and Arvid Soderblom will look to be at least the short-term answer Thursday night against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

The Blackhawks lost Alex Stalock on Tuesday night when he was knocked out of a 3-1 loss to New York in the opening minutes after a collision with the Islanders' Casey Cizikas. Petr Mrazek is already out due to a groin strain.

Stalock is in the concussion protocol, and Cizikas was hit with a game misconduct penalty and fined $5,000 Wednesday for goalie interference.

Soderblom, 23, entered three minutes in and allowed two goals while making 28 saves as the Blackhawks dropped their fourth straight (0-2-2).

 

 


 

"He was very calm and collected, just as he's been," Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said of Soderblom. "He's like that in practice, made some really big saves for us and gave us a chance to stay in that game. He plays the puck well for a young goalie, too. That's helpful for our D-core."

Soderblom has appeared in two games this season and five in his career.

Jonathan Toews scored for the Blackhawks to cut the deficit to 2-1 midway through the third period, but the Islanders added an empty-net goal.

"I thought we came out a little bit flat," said Chicago blueliner Caleb Jones. "It was a 1-0 game going into the third, and unfortunately, they got that one, but we battled back and got that one on the power play and we couldn't find that other one. We're in all these hockey games, we've just got to find a way to start pulling them out."

Chicago has allowed 17 goals over its past four games.

Los Angeles split the first two games of a three-game road swing, winning 5-1 at St. Louis before dropping a 5-2 decision Tuesday night in Dallas. Kevin Fiala and Arthur Kaliyev scored for the Kings, who were playing the second of back-to-backs. Cal Petersen made 35 saves.

The Stars broke open a 1-1 game with three consecutive goals midway through the second period. Dallas finished 3-for-4 with the man advantage.

"If you don't have your legs, you better have your brains, and we didn't have either," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "That makes it a real tough night and that's going to lead to penalties. The penalty kill did not get it done. We had it on our tape numerous times to clear and it didn't come out."

Fiala has eight points (two goals, six assists) during a five-game point streak for Los Angeles, which had won three of four before Tuesday.

"There's no need for the frustration level to be high right now," Kings forward Anze Kopitar said after the loss to Dallas. "We played a good game last night. We didn't get it done tonight. There's another game on Thursday (and) 2-1 on the trip would be a pretty good trip, so we're going to rest tomorrow and get back at it on Thursday."

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is 15-16-2 with 2.58 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and three shutouts in 33 career games versus the Blackhawks.

Soderblom has never faced the Kings.

--Field Level Media

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Dylan Strome tallied two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled away for a 5-1 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Sunday evening.

Alex DeBrincat also enjoyed a three-point night with a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who snapped a four-game losing streak. David Kampf and Drake Caggiula scored one goal apiece for Chicago.

Sean Walker scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, which has dropped six of its past eight games.

Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner made 38 saves to improve to 2-1-2 on the season.

On the opposite end of the ice, Kings goaltender Jack Campbell allowed five goals on 26 shots to fall to 2-3-0.

Chicago opened the scoring 2:33 into the first period on Strome's quick strike from the low slot. The talented 22-year-old, who was the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2015, took a pass from DeBrincat and ripped a wrist shot past Campbell's stick side.

Early in the second period, Chicago pushed its lead to 2-0. Alexander Nylander took the puck toward the net and started to fall down, but he managed to slide a backhand pass to Kampf near the front of the crease. Kampf quickly capitalized for his first goal of the season and the ninth of his three-year career.

Strome scored again to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 lead with 4:05 remaining in the second period. It marked his second multi-goal performance as a member of the Blackhawks and the first since April 1 against the Winnipeg Jets.

A little more than three minutes later, DeBrincat notched his third goal to make it 4-0. It was his third goal and his first since Oct. 18.

The Kings snapped the shutout with 16:25 remaining in the third period. Walker stepped into a slap shot from the top of the right circle for his third goal. Lehner appeared to be screened on the play.

Chicago capped the scoring on Caggiula's third goal with 2:07 remaining. The puck bounced off of his stomach and into the net as he stood near the front of the crease and tracked a rebound for the goal.

--Field Level Media

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