Los Angeles Kings (3-2-2) at Minnesota Wild (4-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -155 / Los Angeles Kings +135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild meet Thursday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Andreas Athanasiou leads Los Angeles with three goals, Anze Kopitar has nine assists and Jeff Carter has 23 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 13 goals on 128 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up seven goals on 86 shots.
The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 7.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with four goals, Kirill Kaprizov has five assists and Kevin Fiala has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has allowed eight goals on 106 shots faced and Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed eight goals on 97 shots.
The Kings are 15-37 in their last 52 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Wild are 10-3 in their last 13 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The over is 5-2 in Kings last 7 overall. The under is 4-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Kings are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota. The home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.
It's still a small sample size, so who knows how long the Los Angeles Kings can keep this up, but they're playing the better hockey entering this contest and have been surprisingly good on offense. The Minnesota Wild have been hit or miss up to this point and all three meetings against the Kings have come down to the wire, which includes two overtime games. The Kings and the plus money is intriguing. I'll take a shot.