Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks 12/3/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The LOS ANGELES and the CHICAGO will both be gunning for a victory on 12/3/2017 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

LOS ANGELES vs CHICAGO
When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 3, 2017
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

ROT TEAM PL OU ML
51 LOS ANGELES 0 (-110) 5.5 -105
-115
-120
100
52 CHICAGO

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, FSN West (Los Angeles), NBCSN Chicago
LINE: 0
PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Kings 3

Oddsmakers currently have the LOS ANGELES listed as -120-moneyline favorites versus the CHICAGO, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.

CHICAGO — The Los Angeles Kings will go for their fifth win in a row when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday evening at the United Center.

Los Angeles (16-8-3) paces the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with 35 points.

The Kings have outscored opponents 15-5 during their four-game winning streak, and their plus-22 goal differential on the season ranks first in the conference and second in the NHL behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (plus-28).

Yet Kings players know that a road win in the Windy City will not come easily.

“We always come here, it’s always intense,” Kings veteran forward Anze Kopitar told the team’s official website. “The building, it’s very loud. You’ve got to make sure that we’re ready right from the get-go because we all know they can score goals if you let them play their game. So we’ll go out there and compete and see what happens.”

Chicago (12-9-5) is winless in its past three games but has one point in each of its past two contests with an overtime loss and a shootout loss in a home-and-home series against the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks will play on short rest after a 4-3 setback in the shootout round Saturday night in Dallas.

The Blackhawks return home without the services of top-tier goaltender Corey Crawford, who was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least a week because of a lower-body injury. While Crawford is out, Anton Forsberg will serve the role as No. 1 goaltender, and the team recalled Jean-Francois Berube from the AHL to be the backup.

Forsberg started Saturday but told reporters that he could start back-to-back games if that is what the team wants. In eight games (six starts), he is 1-2-3 with a 3.34 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The 25-year-old never has faced the Kings in his career.

Berube, 26, could make his season debut if coach Joel Quenneville decides to rest Forsberg. Berube was 6-6-0 with a 2.54 GAA and .913 save percentage for Rockford of the AHL.

In 21 career games — all with the New York Islanders — Berube is 6-4-3 with a 3.11 GAA and .900 save percentage. He posted a victory in his only career appearance against the Kings as he stopped 34 shots.

Berube signed with Chicago this season and was sent to Rockford after losing out to Forsberg for a roster spot.

“It was good to play on a consistent basis,” Berube said to the Chicago Sun-Times. “For me, that was the most important thing, (after) not playing much the past two years. I wanted to get more games and get my game habits back. It’s one thing to practice, but when game time comes, it’s a whole different game. I feel comfortable with my game right now and I’m trying to push it forward.”

Veteran goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to make his 22nd start of the season for the Kings. Quick is 12-8-1 with a 2.27 GAA and .929 save percentage this season. In 26 career games against the Blackhawks, he is 10-15-1 with a 2.71 GAA and .910 save percentage.

Chicago is 6-4-2 at home this season; Los Angeles is 9-3-1 on the road.

This marks the first of three regular-season meetings.

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Arizona 7-18-3-1 W1 3-8-1-0 4-10-2-1 1-0-0-0 6-18-3-1 1-5-2-0
Vegas 15-9-0-1 L3 9-2-0-0 6-7-0-1 5-0-0-0 10-9-0-1 7-1-0-0

STATS AND RECORDS

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 16-8-3-0 W4 7-5-2-0 9-3-1-0 1-1-0-0 15-7-3-0 3-3-2-0
Chicago 12-9-4-1 L3 6-4-2-0 6-5-2-1 0-0-0-0 12-9-4-1 2-5-1-1

LAST MEETING

Los Angeles Chicago
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/8/17 CHI 2 LA 3 26 25 1-2 27 23 0-3

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Total Points Player
LA J. Carter 3
CHI D. Keith 2
Goals Player
LA D. Brown 1
CHI A. Panarin 1
Assists Player
LA J. Carter 3
CHI D. Keith 2
Saves Player
LA J. Quick 25
CHI C. Crawford 23
SEASON
Total Points Player
LA A. Kopitar 29
CHI P. Kane 27
Goals Player
LA A. Kopitar 13
CHI A. Anisimov 12
Assists Player
LA A. Kopitar 16
CHI P. Kane 17
Saves Player
LA J. Quick 601
CHI C. Crawford 614

LAST MEETING

Ottawa Winnipeg
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/1/17 OTT 2 WIN 4 31 24 0-2 28 29 0-2

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Total Points Player
OTT M. Hoffman 2
WIN B. Little 2
Goals Player
OTT M. Hoffman 2
WIN N. Ehlers 1
Assists Player
OTT D. Brassard 1
WIN B. Little 2
Saves Player
OTT M. Condon 24
WIN C. Hellebuyck 29
SEASON
Total Points Player
OTT M. Stone 25
WIN M. Scheifele 32
Goals Player
OTT M. Stone 14
WIN M. Scheifele 13
Assists Player
OTT E. Karlsson 16
WIN B. Wheeler 25
Saves Player
OTT C. Anderson 448
WIN C. Hellebuyck 574

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Total Points Player
ARI D. Stepan 2
VEG J. Marchessault 3
Goals Player
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 1
VEG E. Haula 1
Assists Player
ARI D. Stepan 2
VEG J. Marchessault 2
Saves Player
ARI S. Wedgewood 14
VEG M. Subban 24
SEASON
Total Points Player
ARI C. Keller 22
VEG W. Karlsson 24
Goals Player
ARI C. Keller 11
VEG W. Karlsson 14
Assists Player
ARI M. Domi 13
VEG J. Marchessault 14
Saves Player
ARI A. Raanta 309
VEG M. Lagace 298

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