Kings at Blackhawks: What bettors need to know
Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks (-128, 5)
The Chicago Blackhawks opened their season with a 5-2 victory at Los Angeles. On Sunday, the Blackhawks host the Kings sporting the best record in the NHL. Chicago is the only team without a regulation loss this season, and not even an upper-body injury to starting goaltender Corey Crawford could cool its hot start. Ray Emery made 27 saves in a 4-1 win over San Jose on Friday. Emery is 4-0-0 this season and will likely start until Crawford is ready to return.
Los Angeles has won two straight since benching starting goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has not played close to his Vezina-nominated form from last season with a .891 save percentage in 10 starts. Jonathan Bernier has held opponents to one goal in each of his two starts this week as the Kings won back-to-back games in regulation for the first time this season. Los Angeles was 1-for-5 on the power play in both wins and is 3-1-1 when scoring with the man advantage.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN 2ABOUT THE KINGS (5-5-2):
Anze Kopitar leads the team with eight points and is on a three-game scoring streak. Jeff Carter has a team-leading six goals, while Justin Williams has one goal on a team-leading 44 shots. Defenseman Drew Doughty is a team-worst minus-9 but leads the team with 16 blocked shots. Defenseman Slava Voynov has five points in six games this month. Kyle Clifford has seven points to go with his team-leading 42 hits.ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (11-0-3):
Patrick Kane leads Chicago with nine goals and 21 points and has been held off the scoresheet just once this season. Kane has seven goals and 12 points on an eight-game scoring streak. Captain Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each have six goals thus far. The Blackhawks have the second-best penalty-killing in the league, allowing only four goals on 51 opportunities for 92.2% effectiveness. TRENDS:
* The under is 7-0 in Blackhawks’ last seven home games.
* Under is 2-0-2 in Kings’ last four overall.
* Blackhawks are 6-1 in their last seven vs. Pacific foes.
* Road team is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
1. The Kings won both visits to Chicago last season after going winless in six trips over the previous three seasons.
2. The Blackhawks tied the 1943-44 Canadiens for the third-longest point streak to open the season at 14 games. Only the 1984-85 Oilers (15) and 2006-07 Ducks (16) have had better starts.
3. Toews has four goals and three assists in his last five games against Los Angeles.