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After winning their first game of the season on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Kings hope to continue their winning ways as they travel to St. Louis to face the Blues. The Blues meanwhile, are hovering around the .500 mark but hope that they can sweep the mini-series against the Kings to catapult to the top of the West Division.
Kings finally break through to win a game
After two overtime losses to start the season, the Kings finally won their first game of the season and against one of the best teams in the NHL in the Colorado Avalanche to top it off. The Kings won with their veteran presence in the game as Drew Doughty and Adrian Kempe scored as part of a 4 goal game.The offense has been led this season by a veteran presence as 33-year-old Anze Kopitar and 36-year-old Jeff Carter lead the Kings with 6 and 5 points respectively.
Along with the goal on Thursday night, Drew Doughty is still the best defensive player on the Kings, with 13 blocked shots to start the season. Along with defenseman Sean Walker, the Kings have put together a respectively top pairing on their defense. The goaltending responsibilities are being split between Jonathan Quick and Calvin Petersen but Quick is still starting the majority of the games and is saving 29 shots per game.
Blues are once again led by Binnington in goal
The St. Louis Blues are only two seasons removed from being Stanley Cup Champions. While the team has lost many of the talented players from that team, their star goaltender Jordan Binnington still remains. Binnington has started all 4 games for the Blues and is allowing only 2.5 goals per game in the process, which can explain the 2-1-1 start to the season.
The Blues have struggled defensively and understandably so considering they lost Alex Pietrangelo in the offseason. Torey Krug has yet to make his mark but considering he is one of the best defensemen in the NHL, it should only be a matter of time before Krug is a force for the Blues both offensively and defensively. The offense meanwhile has seen 22-year-old Jordan Kyrou emerge as the top scorer as he has 2 goals and 2 assists to start the season.
Blues are 58-21 in their last 79 vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Kings are 17-35 in their last 52 Saturday games.
Kings are 17-38 in their last 55 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Kings are 17-41 in their last 58 road games.
Kings are 16-40 in their last 56 games as a road underdog.
Kings are 15-40 in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest.
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Blues should be able to return to their winning ways in style as they will beat the Kings and do so handily to cover the spread. We can expect Torey Krug to make his mark in this game both offensively and defensively as the Kings have been struggling on both sides. We can also expect Jordan Binnington to blank the Kings’ offense throughout the game while scorers like Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou find the back of the net multiple times. Expect the Blues to win and cover the spread in this game.
Blues -1.5 (+119)
Full-Game Total Pick
This game is going to be a low-scoring one with both offenses struggling to put up points and both goalies expected to have great games in the net. Jonathan Quick will struggle at times for will be able to keep the Blues in check for most of this game. Jordan Binnington will halt any of the Kings’ offensive efforts and should receive more help from his defense in this game. With both offenses struggling, we can expect the Under to cover with ease.