At the onset of the season, the Kings were given little hope of gaining a West Division playoff spot. Los Angeles was one of the biggest NHL betting longshots on the board. LA is starting to defy the experts and impress gamblers. Cause by a recent resurgence that has catapulted them into playoff position. Now the Kings must show that they have staying power. St. Louis has a precarious lead in the West. Inconsistency is plaguing the Blues on the back end and in goal. Of course, it was defense and goaltending that won their 2019 Stanley Cup championship.
Los Angeles Kings vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Information
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues CashBet Wagering Analysis
On the whole, the Blues will get the majority of the action with the sportsbook odds. St. Louis is still considered a Stanley Cup championship-level team. Further, as the power home team, the Blues will be a natural draw to squares. Sharps will give the Kings a hard look. LA’s veteran core is starting to flash its old Stanley Cup form. Also, the Kings are getting a favorable price as the road team. St. Louis has been too erratic for some to lay money with. Especially against an improving opponent. Wiseguys see little value in the risk.
Kings Jump Back into Playoff Race
Late on, the Kings have won four of their last five games. Five of their last seven games went over the total. Los Angeles has a betting on NHL record of 7-6-3 with 11-5 over the total. In short, LA has the fourth playoff spot in the West. NHL metrics have the Kings 14th for goal scoring and 12th for the power play. Defensively Los Angeles is 22nd for goals against and 6th for the penalty kill.
Namely, center Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with four goals, 17 assists, and a plus-three. Defenseman Drew Doughty has four goals, 11 assists, and a zero. Above all, veteran right wing Dustin Brown has been a significant surprise. Brown has eight goals, six assists, and a plus-six. Goaltenders Calvin Petersen and Jonathan Quick have a combined .909 save percentage.
Blues Fight to Hold First in West Division
St. Louis has won three of their last five games. And then three of those five games went under the total. The Blues have a pro hockey betting record of 10-6-2 with 11-7 over the total. First place in the West Division belongs to the Blues by one point. NHL metrics show the Blues 11th for goal scoring and 23rd for the power play. Defensively St. Louis ranks 20th for goals against and 25th for penalty killing.
Number one goalie Jordan Binnington has a .912 save percentage and 2.53 goals-against average. Binnington has a record of 8-4-2. Left-wing David Perron leads the Blues with six goals, 13 assists, and a plus-four. Meanwhile, center and captain Ryan O’Reilly brings six goals, ten assists, and a plus-nine.
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues Against the Spread
To summarize, the Blues have a home record of 4-4-2. Los Angeles is 4-4 on the road. St. Louis has had the recent advantage in this hockey betting series. To illustrate, the Blues have won four of their last five against the Kings. Three of the previous four in this series went over the total. Specifically, at Enterprise Center, the Blues have won two of their last three against the Kings. All three of those games cleared the total.
Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues CashBet Free Pick
As was previously noted, the Blues have had the NHL gambling advantage at home against LA. St. Louis is at their best when they are focused. The improved Kings should have the Blues’ full attention.
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