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After beating the Kings 4-2 in the first game of the mini-series, the Blues hope to sweep the Kings and continue their winning ways as they play them on Sunday night. The Blues already have three wins on the season and only one regular-season loss and hope that they can return to the Stanley Cup Final while the Kings are hoping to win their second game on the season.
Kings are still searching for offense
The Los Angeles Kings had an impressive win against Colorado but have looked underwhelming other than that. The Kings have lost 4 of the first 5 games and have only cleared the 3 goal mark once this season. The offense has been struggling this season with both centers Andreas Athanasiou and Gabriel Vilardi combining for 5 goals but the rest of the Kings offense only combining for 7 goals this season.
The defense has looked more impressive this season led by veteran Drew Doughty who has 13 blocked shots this season and the 26 year old Sean Walker who has 8 blocked shots on the season. The goaltending duo of Jonathan Quick and Calvin Peterson have struggled this year but Quick is known for being one of the best goalies in the NHL.
Blues led by Binnington in goal and defense
The Blues once again look like one of the best teams in the NHL and are ready to compete for the Stanley Cup. The team is once again led by good goaltending and defense with goalie Jordan Binnington starting all five games on the season and only allowing 12 goals thus far. Defensively, we are seeing the emergence of the prize acquisition Torey Krug who has not only been a force on defense but scored one of the 4 goals for the Blues in the first victory against the Kings.
The offense is led by three strong centers who power each of the 3 lines for the Blues. Jordan Kyrou, Braden Schenn, and Oskar Sundqvist have all scored two goals this season and lead a deep Blues offense. Center Jaden Schwartz also made his mark in the recent victory by scoring one of the key goals against the Kings to help lead to the victory.
Blues are 4-9 in their last 13 overall.
Blues are 1-7 in their last 8 home games.
Kings are 8-3 in their last 11 overall.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blues are heavily favored in this game but the Kings should pull the upset and even the score with St. Louis. The Kings should have a great night from Jonathan Quick and the defense led by Drew Doughty should be able to stop the Blues offense for the majority of the game. The Kings will also find scoring from veterans like Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter while also seeing offensive production from 21-year-old Gabriel Vilardi. The Kings should pull off the upset and win this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both offenses should struggle in this game and the Under should cover as a result. The Kings should receive a great night from their defense and goalie Jonathan Quick to help keep the Blues’ offense in check while Jordan Binnington should continue his excellent play in goal and keep the Kings from scoring most of the night. Expect the Under to cover with the defenses stepping up and a display of two good goalies.