[10:30 PM] Hurricanes @ Kings

Who will WIN this matchup?

Carolina Hurricanes (10-10-5)

@ Los Angeles Kings (13-10-2)


Starting Goalies:

Cam Ward(CAR): Unconfirmed

Jeff Zatkoff(LAK): Likely


The well-rested Los Angeles Kings hope to take advantage of a weary opponent when they continue their three-game homestand Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Los Angeles played only two games during the first week of December and has had three days off since dropping a 5-4 shootout decision to Montreal on Sunday in the opener of its stretch at Staples Center.

Rookie Sebastian Aho recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday for his third multi-point performance in the NHL and first since netting two tallies and setting up another on Nov. 12 against Washington. The 19-year-old Finnish right wing endured a pair of five-game droughts over 11 contests after his two-goal outburst and failed to register an assist in nine matches prior to Wednesday. Elias Lindholm traveled with the team but was scratched Wednesday after missing two games, while Jordan Staal and goaltender Eddie Lack remained home with concussions.

Anze Kopitar notched three assists against Montreal, giving him five in his last two games and a team-high 12 on the season despite missing five games because of injury. Tanner Pearson is second on the Kings with seven goals but is mired in a six-game drought. Andy Andreoff hopes to appear in his first game since Oct. 30 due to a thumb injury that sidelined him for 16 contests.

The Hurricanes assigned D Klas Dahlbeck to Charlotte of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint.

Carolina’s five-goal effort Wednesday matched its season-high output for a single game.

Carter has recorded a league-leading six game-winning goals in 25 contests this season after registering the same amount in 77 matches last campaign.


StreakSmarts Pick: Los Angeles Kings

Confidence: 7/10

StreakSmarter Pick