LOS ANGELES – Jonathan Toews will miss his second consecutive game and Scott Darling will start when the Blackhawks face the Los Angeles Kings Saturday at Staples Center.
Toews suffered an upper-body injury against San Jose and remains out of the lineup. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll see if the captain is ready to return Tuesday when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers.
Jordin Tootoo is also out after suffering a lower-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Tootoo, who was seen wearing a walking boot when he left the Staples Center on Saturday morning, is listed as day-to-day.
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Andrew Desjardins is expected to draw back into the lineup Saturday, as is Michal Kempny.
The Blackhawks will look to finish this Circus Trip with a successful record (they’re 3-3-0 entering Saturday's game). They’ll be facing a Kings team that has won four consecutive games.
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Radio: WGN 720 AM
Blackhawks lines (projected)
Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza-Marian Hossa
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Tyler Motte-Nick Schmaltz-Richard Panik
Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Andrew Desjardins
Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Jonathan Toews (upper body), Jordin Tootoo (lower body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).
Kings lines (via LA Times)
Tanner Pearson-Jeff-Carter-Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King-Anze Kopitar-Trevor Lewis
Dustin Brown-Nic Dowd-Devin Setoguchi
Marian Gaborik-Nick Shore-Jordan Nolan
Drew Doughty-Derek Forbort
Jake Muzzin-Alec Martinez
Matt Greene-Kevin Gravel
Brayden McNabb (arm), Jonathan Quick (groin), Jeff Zatkoff (groin).