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NHL Free Picks: Los Angeles Kings at Chicago Blackhawks, Odds, Start time

Pro Hockey on Sunday and we will see the Los Angeles Kings travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on NBC. Currently the odds for the game have Chicago favored at -138 while Los Angeles is dogs of +127. the total sits at 5 O (-135) .

Analysis: Los Angeles has won two straight since benching starting goaltender Jonathan Quick, who has not played close to his Conn Smythe-winning 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.  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 club 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.

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 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. 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 percent effectiveness. 

Pick: I like the Over in this one. The Kings switched goalies and he has allowed just 2 goals in his 2 starts, but the Kings have still allowed 2.88 gpg on the road. Chicago is on a scoring frenzy, having put in 20 goals in their last 5 games. The Kings should be able to put at least 3 goals n the board in this one, while Chicago should get at least 4.



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