Chicago (2-4-0) at Los Angeles (4-3-0)

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The Chicago Blackhawks look to extend their unbeaten streak to three games, while the Los Angeles Kings try to avoid consecutive losses for the first time this season when the teams meet for the second time in two weeks.

Chicago opened the season with four losses in its first five games, but rebounded to beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 on Sunday before skating to a 3-3 tie with the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

The Blackhawks fell behind 2-0 to the Sharks in the first 5:05 of the game, but responded with three unanswered goals in the second period.

Brett McLean started Chicago’s comeback with a power-play goal at 3:44 of the second, Mark Bell tied it at 2-2 with 3:41 left in the period and McLean scored again less than a minute later to give the Blackhawks the lead.

San Jose tied the game in the third period, but Chicago was able to record its first point in four road games.

McLean has a team high-tying three goals since being recalled from Norfolk of the AHL 10 days ago after Alex Zhamnov underwent back surgery that is expected to sideline him for up to six weeks.

“You can’t replace Alex Zhamnov, especially me,” said McLean, who had one goal in his previous five career NHL games. “Obviously he is our leader and our best player. I am just trying to help us get points and wins.”

Los Angeles won three of its first four games this season, but has since lost two of three, including a 5-1 rout to the Buffalo Sabres at home on Thursday.

The Kings were held to fewer than two goals for the first time this season, and the five allowed were a season high.

Special teams play hurt Los Angeles as it went 0-for-7 on the power play, allowed two power-play goals and gave up two short-handed scores.

“We didn’t come prepared to play,” Kings forward Dustin Brown said. “We might have taken Buffalo a little too lightly, and they made us pay for it.”

The Kings beat the Blackhawks 4-2 in Chicago on Oct. 12 in their first meeting this season.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 23): Blackhawks - 5 points, 5th place, 3 PB, Central Division. Kings - 8 points, 1st place (tied), Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - McLean and Tyler Arnason, 3 goals; Steve Sullivan, 4 assists; Arnason and Sullivan, 5 points; Bell, 26 PIM. Kings - Luc Robitaille and Trent Klatt, 3 goals; Ziggy Palffy, 10 assists and 12 points; Ian Laperriere, 18 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 23): Blackhawks - Power play: 12.5 percent (4 for 32), 22nd (tied) in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.9 percent (40 for 52), 27th. Kings - Power play: 18.0 percent (9 for 50), 10th. Penalty killing: 72.2 percent (26 for 36), 30th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Jocelyn Thibault (2-3-1, 1 SO, 2.67 GAA); Michael Leighton (0-1-0, 4.83). Kings - Roman Cechmanek (3-2-0, 1, 2.41); Cristobal Huet (1-1-0, 1, 2.03).

SEASON SERIES: Kings, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 12; Kings, 4-2. At Chicago, Klatt scored twice in a 33-second span of the second period and Cechmanek stopped 32 shots, including 14 of 15 in the third.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 0-3-1-0 on the road; Kings - 2-2-0-0 at home.

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