Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche

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The Los Angeles Kings head to Denver for a Western Division matchup with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. This is the third matchup between the two teams, with each team taking a win to this point.

Kings Looking for Another Regulation Time Win

Los Angeles comes into this game with an 11-8-6 record, which puts them at fifth in the West Division and 18th overall in the NHL. They’ve gone 3-3 in their last six games, with four of those games going into overtime, where they’ve been 1-3. To make up ground in the West Division, they’ll look to get the win in regulation.

Their last time out was a 5-1 win at Anaheim. The Kings came at Ducks goalie John Gibson with a barrage of 37 shots, converting on five. Adrian Kempe ended the game with two goals, and Andreas Athanasiou, Alex Iafallo, and Anže Koptiar had a goal each. Goalie Troy Grosenick was outstanding, stopping 33 of 34 shots to earn the win in net. Kopitar leads the team in points with 31.

The Kings average 3.08 goals scored per game, and allow an average of 2.84 per game. They rank sixth in the NHL on the power play, converting 27.9% of their chances, and eighth on the penalty kill, succeeding in 83.1% of short-handed situations.

Avalanche Looking for More Consistency

The Avs have one of the best cores of players in the NHL, with superstar Nathan MacKinnon along with Gabriel Landeskog. The star power has only taken them so far, they’ve posted a 14-8-2 record so far and are fourth in the West with 30 points, good enough for 16th in the NHL.

Their last game was a 2-1 home win over Arizona. Gabriel Landeskog and Brandon Saad each recorded goals, while Nathan MacKinnon came away with zero points despite 10 shots on goal. The defense was outstanding, allowing only 14 shots on goal, with Philipp Grubauer saving all but one of them. The Avalanche were in Antti Raanta’s face all night, recording 46 shots on goal. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 25 points, MacKinnon leads with 17 assists.

The Avalanche average 3.00 goals per game and allow an average of 2.46 goals to opponents. Their power play is 14th in the league at 22.3%, while their penalty kill is fifth in the league at 85.9%.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Both of these teams are looking for solid ground to build off of. They’ve each split their last three series, and that’s not even to speak of the Kings’ overtime woes. The Avalanche have played very well in Friday games, and are feeding MacKinnon with plenty of chances, it’s only a matter of time before he begins to capitalize. Avs win.

Colorado -1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick

Both teams had excellent defensive performances and solid showings from their goalies. Despite the major offensive firepower on both sides, there’s nothing consistent to hang your hat on. Despite both sides having been liable to put up four or more goals in recent history, the under is looking strong going into this one.

Under 5.5