St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings

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The St Louis Blues are struggling after losing their fourth consecutive game on Saturday when beaten by the Vegas Golden Knights 5-1. St Louis was swept in a two-game series by Vegas and is 14-9-5 with 33 points. The Blues are tied for second place in the West division with the Minnesota Wild four games behind first-place Vegas. The St. Louis blue line and goaltenders have not played up to par as St Louis is allowing an average of 4.25 goals per game during its current four-game losing skid.

The Los Angeles Kings will play for their second consecutive game in as many days when hosting St Louis Monday after playing on the road against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. Los Angeles is 11-9-6 with 28 points and coming off a 2-0 loss to Colorado in the first of two meetings against the Avalanche. Los Angeles has lost two of his last three and six of the last eight. The Kings are in 5th place in the West division 9 points behind first-place Vegas

Blue Giving Up too Many Goals

The St Louis Blues are tied for second in the West division but have struggled of late losing four straight and much of that is due to poor play at the blue line and between the pipes. St Louis is allowing an average of 3.21 goals per game and over the last four games is allowing an average of 4.25 goals per game. Jordan Binnington is 9-6-4 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .906 save percentage while backup Ville Husso is 5-3-1 with a 3.57 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. The penalty kill unit four St Louis it is holding opponents scoreless 74.2% of the time while shorthanded.

In the attack zone, St Louis is scoring an average of 3.11 goals per game but the power-play unit has been below par as St Louis is scoring only 19.8% of the time with the man advantage. Brayden Schenn is leading St Louis in goals scored with 12, while David Perron has scored 11. Perron is tied with Ryan O’Reilly for the lead in assists with 18. Perron is the overall leader in points with 29 and O’Reilly is second with 27. The below-par power play for St Louis has scored only 17 goals with the man advantage.

Injury Report: Yvonne Barbshev is out until mid-April, while Robert Thomas is out until late April and Tyler Bozak, Jacob De La Rose, Carl Gunnarsson, Colton Parayko and Jaden Schwartz are all out indefinitely

Kings are playing poorly in their own end

Los Angeles has alternated between wins and losses in each of its last five games played and most of that inconsistency is due to poor play on the blue line and in goal. The Kings are allowing an average of 3.00 goals-per-game over there last 5 games played and on the season Los Angeles is allowing an average of 2.81 goals per game. The penalty-kill unit has held its own as the Kings are holding opponents scoreless 83.5% of the time while shorthanded. Calvin Petersen is 4-5-4 with a 2.61 goals-against average in .920 save percentage. Tony Grosenick, who played his first game in the NHL in over 6 ½ years earlier this week, will be the backup for Los Angeles. Grosenick is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage.

Los Angeles scores an average of 2.96 goals per game and the power-play unit has scored 26.6% of the time with the man advantage. The leading goal scorer for Los Angeles is Dustin Brown with 13, while Adrian Kempe has scored 11 goals. Anze Kopitar is the team leader in assists with 24 and Drew Doughty is second with 16. The overall points leader is Kopitar with 31 and Doughty is nine points back at 22. The Kings have scored 25 goals with the man advantage.

Injury Report: Alex Iafallo is questionable for Sunday, while Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Martin Frk, Olli Maatta and Jonathan Quick are all out indefinitely.

The Bottom Line
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Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

St. Louis has struggled of late losing four straight, with one of the four losses to the Kings of 4-3. This season St Louis has lost three of four head to head with Los Angeles and has been outscored by the Kings 11-7. St.Louis has lost 8 of the last 11 when playing on one day’s rest and the Blues sing the Blues on Monday having lost four the last five on that day of the week. Los Angeles Kings goalie Calvin Peterson is coming off a loss but it was Peterson’s first game back from Covid-19 protocols and the netminder stopped 44 of the 46 shots faced in goal.

Prediction:
Los Angeles Kings +125

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

In the four games played between the two this season, the total has finished under in three, as the teams combined to score 3, 3, 5 and 7 goals in their four head-to-head face-offs. In addition, the total has finished under in 5 of St Louis’ last six games played on one day’s rest and in 13 of the last 17 games that St Louis has played on a Monday

Prediction:
UNDER 5.5