The last time the Chicago Blackhawks visited Staples Center, Dustin Brown shook off trade rumors with a hat trick, Jeff Carter made his Kings debut, and Jonathan Quick posted a shutout in a 4-0 Los Angeles victory that represented the tectonic shift between the early season Kings and the Kings that would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
I think its just a matter of time before the bounces start going their way and pucks start going in the net, Carter said before his L.A. debut.
He was on to something.
Carter and the Kings will welcome the Blackhawks back to Staples Center for a banner raising ceremony and the NHL opener on the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 19, multiple sources reported Wednesday. It marks the first hockey game played in the building since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and the wild celebration that erupted into the streets of downtown Los Angeles after the Kings won, 6-1, and defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games.
Along the way towards reversing the 45-year hi...