Los Angeles Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/19/13
Tampa Bay Lightning (14-6-0) at Los Angeles Kings (14-6-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -136 / Tampa Bay Lightning +124 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Lightning and Kings meet up in Los Angeles as two of the best teams in the league go head to head at the Staples Center.
The Bolts were ruled out by many after they lost Steven Stamkos for a significant amount of time with a broken right tibia but they haven’t missed a beat since losing their best player and now have a chance to make a real statement heading into Los Angeles. Tampa Bay doesn’t have a ton of offensive depth but they have received some timely scoring and great defense and goaltending which has been the catalyst to their success so far this season. They head into Los Angeles looking for yet another road victory but will have to find a way to beat Ben Scrivens who is doing a wonderful job filling in for Jonathan Quick between the pipes as he leads the league with three shutouts so far this season. Tampa Bay will counter with Ben Bishop who has been great in his own right but will have to be on point here against a very good Kings team.
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Los Angeles continues to climb up the Pacific division standings and they’ll look for another strong outing here at home against a very talented and currently underrated Tampa Bay team. Los Angeles has the makeup of a Stanley Cup winner as they possess a very deep team with a ton of experience and two great goaltenders who can be called upon in any circumstance to help get their team a win. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Ben Scrivens is playing well for the Kings as he was a starter in Toronto for a nice stretch last year and played quite well but was stuck in the middle of a goaltending carousel with James Reimer. While it is clear that when healthy Jonathan Quick is the guy, Scrivens is playing very well in relief and could be auditioning himself for a starter’s role somewhere in the next couple of seasons. While the Kings should win this one I think it will be a close affair and while both teams have great offenses I like the goaltending to take the spotlight here as this one stays under.