[2:00 PM] Kings @ Jets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Kings (7-8-0)

@ Winnipeg Jets (7-7-2)


Starting Goalies:

Peter Budaj (LAK): TBD

Connor Hellebuyck (WPG): TBD


Current odds:

Los Angeles Kings: (-110)

Winnipeg Jets: (-110)


The Kings play Sunday at the Winnipeg Jets having scored 17 goals – 15 coming in a three-game stretch – in their past eight contests, placing even more pressure on a team that not only is missing top goaltender Jonathan Quick, but saw Jeff Zatkoff leave Friday’s 2-1 loss at Ottawa after two periods.

The Jets come home after a painful loss Friday in overtime at Colorado as the game ended when Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers’ pass in the defensive zone slid by goaltender Michael Hutchinson and into the net.

Zatkoff appeared to reaggravate a groin injury Friday that sidelined him for 11 games, and Budaj – who is 7-5-0 with a 2.07 goals against average – figures to get the start Sunday. Los Angeles is struggling mightily on special teams, going 1-for-25 on the power play in its past eight games. Center Jeff Carter brings a five-game point streak (three goals, three assists) into Sunday after collecting an assist Friday.

Laine and Scheifele, who is riding a five-game point streak, have combined for 21 goals and 15 assists through 16 contests. Ehlers also has a five-game point streak, assisting on both Winnipeg goals before his misplay of a puck in the corner of his zone in overtime. Defenseman Jacob Trouba, who missed the first 15 games with a contract dispute, played 23:14 Friday with two shots in his season debut.

Kings C Anze Kopitar is day-to-day after leaving Friday’s contest with an upper-body injury.


StreakSmarts Pick: Winnipeg Jets

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick