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The Los Angeles Kings are 2-2-2 with six points through six games of the regular season. Los Angeles opened the season with three consecutive losses before winning two of the next three including a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. The Kings scored three goals in the second stanza to take a 5-1 entering the final period and went on to the victory. Los Angeles continues to give up too many goals with an average of 3.33 per game, but it’s offense is beginning to produce and is now scoring the same number of 3.33 goals per game.
Minnesota is in second place in the West division at 4-2-0 with eight points and trails first place Vegas by just two points and is ahead of third-place St. Louis by one point. Minnesota is coming off a 5-3 loss at home to the San Jose Sharks after defeating the Sharks 4-1 in the first of two games the two played on Minnesota’s home ice. Minnesota has been hurt by a lack of a strong power play, but has been helped by the strong performance of its penalty kill unit.
Kings giving up too much on the defensive end
The Los Angeles Kings are allowing an average of 3.33 goals per game and much of that is due to a young corps defenseman, that ranges in age from 21 to 31 but with the majority 25 or 26-years of age. In goal, Jonathan Quick is 2-0-2 with a 3.15 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage. Quick has pushed aside 115 of the 128 shots faced in the net. Backup Calvin Peterson is 0-2-0 with a 3.09 goals-against average and .886 save percentage.
The goal scoring production for Los Angeles has increased and the Kings are averaging 3.33 goals-per-game led by Adrian Kempe with three goals. Anze Kopitar is leading Los Angeles in assists with nine and overall points with 10. Andreas Athanasiou has also scored three goals for Los Angeles and three other players have each scored two. The Los Angeles power play has improved and is now scoring 23.1% of the time and its penalty-kill unit has been effective 84.0% of the time.
Injury Report: Martin Frk, Matt Luff and Alex Turcotte are all out indefinitely for Los Angeles.
Defense is key to Minnesota’s success
The Minnesota Wild are allowing an average of just 2.50 goals-per-game thanks to a talented blue line led by Ian Cole, Brad Hunt and Ryan Sutter, with each having years of experience protecting the goal. Cam Talbot has started the season off well at 2-1-0 with a 2.34 goals against average and .924 save percentage, while Kaapo Kahkonen 2-1-0 with a 2.27 goals-against-average and .921 save percentage.
Minnesota is scoring an average of just 3.00 goals per game and it’s defense is key to the success of the Wild. Joel Eriksson Ek is the leading goal scorer for Minnesota with three, while Kirill Kaprizov is the assists leader with five and is also leading in points with six. Matt Dumba, Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala each have scored two goals for Minnesota. The Wild have had strong production from the penalty kill unit which has been effective 90.0% of the time, but the Wild’s power play has almost been non-existent scoring just 7.4% of the time.
Injury Report: Questionable for Tuesday are Nico Sturm and Cam Talbot, while Marco Rossi, Alex Stalock and Mats Zuccarello are each out indefinitely
- Minnesota is 5-0 in the last five after giving up 5 or more goals the previous game
- The Wild is 47-22 in the last 69 against a team with a .400 or lower winning percentage
- Los Angeles is 15-41 in the last 56 on one days rest
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Minnesota Wild have an experienced and talented blue line that will keep the Los Angeles Kings scorers from seeing too many open shots on goal. At the same time Minnesota will have plenty of opportunities on goal against an inexperienced, young, but talented blue line of the Los Angeles Kings. Los Angeles has lost 41 of its last 56 when playing on just one day’s rest and the Kings have lost 37 of their last 51 games played away from home. The goaltending duo of Minnesota is allowing an average of just 2.50 goals per game and will keep the Kings off the scoreboard enough to pick up the victory.
Minnesota Wild -160
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has finished under in 21 of the last 33 games played between Los Angeles and Minnesota on Minnesota’s home ice. Minnesota is scoring an average of just 3.00 goals per game and it’s defense is allowing an average of just 2.50 cost per game. The total has finished under in 12 of the last 15 games for Los Angeles following their victory. The total has also finished under in 7 of Minnesota’s last 10 games after the Wild gave up 5 or more goals in their previous game.