The CAROLINA and the LOS ANGELES will both be gunning for a victory on 12/2/2018 at 10:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
CAROLINA HURRICANES vs LOS ANGELES KINGS
When: 10:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 2, 2018
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
|11||CAROLINA||0 (-110)||5.5 105
TV: 10:35 PM
PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES , CAROLINA
Oddsmakers currently have the CAROLINA listed as -145-moneyline favorites versus the LOS ANGELES, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.
The NHL-worst Los Angeles Kings showed a brief spark with wins last Sunday and Tuesday, but enter a four-game homestand Sunday against the surging Carolina Hurricanes off back-to-back frustrating defeats. The Kings gave up the winning goal with 2:20 left Thursday in a 3-2 loss at Edmonton before mustering only 14 shots overall and giving up three tallies in the third period of a 4-1 setback at Calgary on Friday.
“They’re really disappointed after a loss, and they’re on edge and not happy about our (game) and that’s how it should be. … but in saying that it’s a challenge,” Los Angeles coach Willie Desjardins told reporters after Friday’s loss. “It’s a challenge every night. This is a good team, and we knew that. We were going to have to have our best effort to win.” The Kings must come up with a better performance against the Hurricanes, who have points in eight of their last 10 contests (6-2-2). Carolina, which sat in a playoff spot entering the weekend, went 0-of-6 on the power play Friday and coughed up the tying goal with less than four minutes left in regulation before allowing Ryan Getzlaf to score the winner in overtime of a 2-1 setback. “They got a lucky goal to tie it up. That’s really what that was,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour told reporters. “Then their skill player took over at the end.”
TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Carolinas, FS West (Los Angeles)
ABOUT THE HURRICANES (12-9-4): Leading scorer Sebastian Aho (26 points) was moved from center to left wing Friday, skating with veteran Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen (18 points), and registered six shots along with an assist. “(Staal) is such a good two-way center, so maybe that leaves more offense to me,” Aho told the Raleigh News & Observer. “Obviously I want to be a good two-way forward still, and good in our end.” Leading goal scorer Micheal Ferland (11) missed Friday’s contest with a concussion and is questionable for the first contest of a three-game west coast trip.
ABOUT THE KINGS (9-16-1): Captain Anze Kopitar was kept off the scoresheet Friday, but recorded three goals and eight assists over the last eight games to lead the team in points with 17. Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who has not posted a point in his last 11 games, missed Friday’s contest with an ankle infection and Desjardins told reporters: “It’s something that flared up, and it’s hard to say how long that will take (to heal).” Goalie Jonathan Quick, who stopped 31-of-34 shots Thursday in his first game back after missing more than a month with a knee injury, will likely be in net Sunday.
1. Carolina G Curtis McElhinney (7-2-1, 2.10 goals-against average) is 4-0-1 with a .961 save percentage in his last five games.
2. Los Angeles RW Dustin Brown registered five of his team-leading eight goals in his last four contests.
3. The Hurricanes are 13-of-13 and the Kings 9-of-17 on the penalty kill over their last six games.
PREDICTION: Hurricanes 3, Kings 2