Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Los Angeles Kings - 1/21/14
Los Angeles Kings (29-14-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (24-20-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +119 / Los Angeles Kings -131 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-W, FS-O
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to have finally found their stride, and the Blue Jackets will look to continue the winning ways as the Los Angeles Kings come to Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Kings were the unfortunate recipients of terrible luck of late. The Red Wings handed the Kings a 3-2 loss in a shootout, which truthfully should have never occurred. With the Kings up 2-1 and less than one minute left in the third period, Niklas Kronwall’s shot was deflected out of play, bounced off of the net and then off of Jonathan Quick’s back and into the net. The referee’s whistle was never blown, so the play was not reviewable and the goal forced overtime.
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On Monday, the Kings fell 3-2 to the Boston Bruins. Los Angeles battled back from a two-goal deficit only to see Brad Marchand of the Bruins score his second of the game in the third period to ice the Kings. The Kings are now 4-4-2 in the last 10 games overall, and 1-1-1 on the current road trip.
2014 has treated the Columbus Blue Jackets kindly thus far. The Blue Jackets have won six straight games and seven of the last eight. The only loss of the new year came to the St. Louis Blues. The most recent Columbus win came on the road against the Buffalo Sabres. The 4-3 shootout victory came after the Blue Jackets gave up the game tying goal with less than one minute to play in regulation. A win against the Kings would give Columbus the longest winning streak in franchise history.
This will be the first of two games between these two teams this season. The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings, but the Kings are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Columbus. The current six game winning streak for Columbus has deadlocked the team with Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. For Los Angeles, this game comes in the middle of a tough stretch of the schedule. The Kings just faced the Blues, Wings, and Bruins on the road and will travel to play the Ducks in Anaheim before heading back to Staples. I think the Kings will come out focused and cognizant of the fact that this is a good opportunity to salvage the road trip, given that the Ducks are on deck. I don’t particularly love this game, but I will side with the Kings.