Colorado Avalanche (2-1) at Los Angeles Kings (0-1-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +217 / Colorado Avalanche -245 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to build on their 3-2 win over the Kings last time out to sweep the back-to-back set against Los Angeles.
Brandon Saad opened the scoring for the Avs just over three minutes into the game and the lead held through the rest of the first and a large part of the 2nd period before Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals 1:55 apart. Andreas Athanasiou pulled a goal back just under eight minutes into the 3rd and the Kings cut it to 3-2 off of the stick of Adrian Kempe, but that would be as close as the Kings would get as Colorado held on the rest of the way to get the win and leave L.A. without a win for the third straight game to start the year.
Phillip Grubauer got the win to improve to 2-1-0 on the year after stopping 24 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort for Colorado while Cal Petersen took the loss in goal for the Kings after allowing 3 goals on 24 shots faced in the defeat.
Colorado is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 35-17 in their last 52 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall. Los Angeles is 29-59 in their last 88 games as an underdog and 8-20 in their last 28 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 home games. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This is a harder game to call than I would’ve thought as the Kings have battled in all three of their games so far this year. However, I think the Avs are starting to get their feet underneath them, it’s just a matter of not taking their foot off of the gas like they did in the last game. The puck line doesn’t hold a ton of value at the moment with L.A.’s first three games each being decided by a single goal, but I think there’s value on taking Colorado to win in regulation even with a bit of juice.