[7:09 PM] Kings @ Sabres

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Kings (14-11-2)

@ Buffalo Sabres (10-11-6)


Starting Goalies:

Peter Budaj (LAK): Likely

Robin Lehner (BUF): Confirmed


The Los Angeles Kings play the first of a staggering nine straight games on the road Tuesday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres. Coach Darryl Sutter’s club boasts a 7-1-2 mark in its last 10 contests as Los Angeles heads to western New York to open a stretch that spans past the Christmas break and ends on New Year’s Eve with a home game versus Pacific Division-rival San Jose. Trevor Lewis collected a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Ottawa to increase his point total to six (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games after mustering just four in his previous 20 contests.

The Sabres routinely have struggled with their offense throughout the season and have mustered just eight goals in their last four games (1-2-1). Kyle Okposo recorded his team-leading ninth goal and 18th point in Friday’s 4-1 setback to Washington as the 28-year-old continues to pay dividends on the seven-year deal he signed on the first day of free agency.

Tyler Toffoli deemed himself ready to go for Tuesday’s tilt after sustaining a brutal hit into the boards from Mark Borowiecki in the opening minutes of Saturday’s game against the Senators.

Okposo could provide an even bigger spark with his new linemates Evander Kane and Jack Eichel on Tuesday, well, if his body is up to it after missing Monday’s practice while under the weather. Eichel has been limited to just one assist in four games since bolting out of the blocks with three goals in his first two contests following a return from a high-ankle sprain.

Kings G Peter Budaj owns a 4-1-2 career mark and 2.18 goals-against average versus the Sabres.


StreakSmarts Pick: Buffalo Sabres

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick