Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets - 10/12/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (0-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Sunday
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -197 / Winnipeg Jets +179 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings will play Sunday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Winnipeg Jets are coming off an 0-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and fall to 1-1 on the season. The Jets simply didn’t get that same offensive production they received in their season opener win over Arizona, as none of their 30 shots on goal were able to find the back of the net. While the Winnipeg Jets have yet to allow a power play goal, they have committed 17 penalties in their first two games, which certainly isn’t helping their case to put numbers on the board. To make matters worse for the Jets, Evander Kane will be out for at least two weeks after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec has won three of his last four road games when starting in net.
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The Los Angeles Kings continue their Stanley Cup hangover, as they begin the season with two straight losses, which includes an overtime loss Saturday to the Arizona Coyotes. While facing 70 shots in just two games, goalie Jonathan Quick hasn’t exactly been as sharp as we’re used to seeing and needs to step it up if the Kings are going to turn things around. Three of the seven goals allowed have come on power plays, as the Kings have 12 penalties. The two Los Angeles Kings players with a goal so far are Tanner Pearson and Jeff Carter, both scored their goals in the first period of Saturday’s loss. Other than that, the Kings haven’t had much going for them on the offensive end either despite getting a combined 60 shots on goal.
The Jets are 13-39 in their last 52 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 57-27 in their last 84 home games. The Jets are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, while the home team 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Kings have to win eventually, and you expect it to take place at home against a Jets team that isn't exactly the most talented squad in the league. I don't love the price, but I think most would be shocked if the Los Angeles Kings lost here and started 0-3 on the season.