[7:08 PM] Kings @ Blackhawks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Kings (4-3-0)

@ Chicago Blackhawks (4-3-1)


Starting Goalies:

Peter Budaj (LAK): Unconfirmed

Corey Crawford (CHI): Confirmed


Current odds:

Los Angeles Kings: (+145)

Chicago Blackhawks: (-165)


After needing overtime to notch their first road victory of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks open a three-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night. Chicago and Los Angeles have waged a heavyweight battle for NHL supremacy in recent years, each winning two Stanley Cups in a span of four seasons (2012-15).

Peter Budaj opened the season with Ontario of the American Hockey League but found himself as the starter with Los Angeles after the injuries to Quick and Zatkoff. The 34-year-old Budaj has been tested by a slew of tight games, winning his first four starts in overtime or a shootout before the 1-0 defeat in St. Louis. Kings defensemen Brayden McNabb sustained an upper-body injury late in Saturday’s game and will be re-evaluated Sunday.

Artem Anisimov delivered the game-winner in overtime at New Jersey to boost his goal total to five and team-leading point total to 10. Coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov did not receive enough credit last season while playing on a line with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.

Kane has 10 goals and 30 points in 30 games against Los Angeles.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter needs one win to reach 600 for his career.

Blackhawks F Richard Panik has a team-high six goals but has been held off the scoresheet in four meetings against the Kings.


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Blackhawks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick