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Monday, December 30th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (25-10-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (27-7-7), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings face a tough challenge in avoiding a season-high third straight loss on Monday night as they are set to visit the reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Kings have lost back-to-back games for just the fourth time this season and have done so in regulation for the first time since Oct. 4-7, their second and third games of the season. They had won nine of their first 10 in December prior to setbacks against Dallas and Nashville.

Los Angeles began a four-game trip on Saturday with a visit to the Predators and lost a wild 3-2 decision.

Nashville went ahead by a goal on Mike Fisher's power-play tally with 3:18 left to play in the third before Jeff Carter tied the contest for the Kings, one-timing a feed from Anze Kopitar with goaltender Ben Scrivens on the bench and 36.7 seconds left on the clock.

Nashville, though, scored just 10 seconds later as Fisher sent a shot that Scrivens got a piece of but couldn't prevent from crossing the goal line. The play was reviewed and the goal call on the ice stood.

"They got one late, we tried to get another one late, but we gotta be better five-on-five," said Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.

Scrivens stopped 28 shots for the Kings, while Kopitar had a power-play goal.

Carter, meanwhile, has five goals and five assists over his last eight games.

Rookie Martin Jones could get the start tonight for Los Angeles after losing for the first time in nine starts last Monday versus Dallas. He gave up four goals on 23 shots, falling to 8-1-0 with a 1.31 goals against average and .953 save percentage.

Los Angeles did not have much luck on its side when it visited Chicago for the first time this season on Dec. 15, falling in defeat 3-1. It marked the first meeting between the clubs since the Blackhawks knocked off the Kings in five games during last season's Western Conference finals.

The Blackhawks got first-period goals from Marian Hossa, Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp as well as 21 saves by rookie Antti Raanta in besting the Kings for the third time in the past four regular-season meetings.

Chicago has also won eight of its last 11 at home versus Los Angeles in the regular season.

The Blackhawks come into this meeting 4-0-2 in their last six games but also off a tough 6-5 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Chicago failed to hold a pair of two-goal leads and allowed the Blues to force bonus time by scoring twice during a 1:17 span late in the third period.

Raanta made 20 saves, but was beaten three times in the shootout.

"Great hockey game. Great intensity. It was good for the sport, tough for us," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, whose club is 13-3-3 in its last 19 overall.

Patrick Kane picked up a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, while Sharp, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook all lit the lamp in defeat.

Kane has a point in 14 straight games, amassing eight goals and 16 assists over that run, and in 27 of his last 28 contests. The forward is among the league leaders this season with 23 goals and 53 points.

Sharp, coming off a hat trick in Friday's win over Colorado, has six goals in his last three games.

Injured Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford may return from a lower-body ailment by the end of the week, meaning Raanta may yet get the call again tonight to face the Kings for a second time. The rookie is 9-1-3 with a 2.38 GAA in 14 games (12 starts) this season.

12/30 10:32:36 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
9th
BOS 5
BAL 5
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
2nd
HOU 44
POR 39
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
1st
SJS 0
LOS 2
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3