St. Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings

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After having the Kings couldn’t travel back from their game in Colorado because of the inclement weather, postponing the game on Monday against the Blues, the two teams will meet up on Wednesday with both teams hoping to return to the win column. The Blues are coming off two tough losses to the Vegas Golden Knights while the Kings are coming off two tough losses to the Colorado Avalanche but both teams have proven this season to be more than talented to make the playoffs in the West Division.

Blues 4-game skid can be pinned on poor defense

The Blues have looked like Stanley Cup contenders at times this season but the last 4 games have put the team on the bubble for the final playoff spot in the West Division. The main cause for concern this season has been their struggles on defense, allowing 3.2 goals per game and 5 goals in back-to-back losses. The trio of Torey Krug, Justin Faulk, and Marco Scandella has been playing well this season but the backend has struggled and backup goaltender Ville Husso has turned into a true liability, allowing 3.5 goals per game.

While the defense has struggled, the offense has played well this season and kept the Blues ahead in many of their games, scoring 3.1 goals per game. Brayden Schenn and David Perron have scored 23 goals combined and 22-year-old Jordan Kyrou has added 8 goals as well. In addition, Torey Krug has been a force from the point dishing out 14 assists from the point as a defenseman.

Kings offense has struggled

The Kings only found the back of the net once in the mini-series against the Avalanche and have struggled offensively this entire season, scoring only 2.8 goals per game. Aside from Dustin Brown and Adrian Kempe, who have combined for 24 goals this season, the Kings are failing to find any goal scorers and the lack of depth has truly hurt them this season.

While the offense has struggled this season, the defense has kept games close and low scoring, allowing only 2.8 goals per game. The trio of defensemen in Drew Doughty, Matt Roy, and Michael Anderson have combined for 3.8 defensive point shares and 96 blocked shots. While Jonathan Quick has played well in the net and is an established great goalie in the NHL, backup Cal Peterson has allowed only 2.6 goals per game to become the true starter for the Kings this season.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Blues and Kings have both struggled in recent games and both teams are due for a bounce-back game. The Blues had to face arguably the best team in the West Division in the Vegas Golden Knights and a lot of what they can usually take advantage of was eliminated in the recent games. The Blues should be able to rebound in the upcoming game with Jordan Kyruo and David Perron constantly finding scoring opportunities in this game with the help of Torey Krug from the point. In addition, Jordan Binnington should get the nod in the net for this game and a well-rested Binnington should be able to eliminate a struggling Kings offense. The Blues should win this game and possibly by a few goals.

Prediction:
Blues (-143)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Kings are led by their defense and have been struggling on the offensive end. However, the Blues offense should be able to pile on the goals with their offense having a much-needed rebound performance. The Blues deep scoring lineup should be able to find the back of the net multiple times with David Perron and Torey Krug constantly creating scoring opportunities. In addition, we can expect the Kings to find the back of the net once or twice in this game to help make the game high scoring. Expect the Over to cover with both teams constantly finding the back of the net.

Prediction:
Over 5.5