Los Angeles Kings (9-6-3) at Minnesota Wild (10-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 26, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -170 / Los Angeles Kings +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Friday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on a 2-1 win over St. Louis last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 21 points including 4 goals and 17 assists while Dustin Brown has 17 points with 11 goals and 6 assists. Drew Doughty’s got 15 points with 4 goals and 11 assists while Alex Iafallo has 5 goals with 8 assists. Jeff Carter’s got 3 goals and 8 assists for his 11 points and Adrian Kempe has 10 points with 4 goals and 6 assists. Cal Petersen has seen 10 appearances in goal for the Kings with 4 wins and a 2.28 GAA while Jonathan Quick has a 2.82 GAA and 5 wins with a pair of shutouts this season.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on a 6-2 beating of the Colorado Avalanche in their lat matchup. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 15 points coming on 4 goals and 11 assists while Joel Greenway has 11 points with 9 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 10 points with 6 goals and 4 helpers. Mats Zuccarello and Ryan Hartman each havev 9 points with 3 goals and 6 assists while Zach Parise, Marcus Foligno and Victor Rask each have 8 points with Parise logging 5 assists while Foligno has 4 goals and 4 assists and Rask has 5 goals with 3 helpers. Kaapo Kahkonen continues to see the bulk of Minnesota’s work in goal, going 7-4 with a 2.37 GAA this season.
Los Angeles is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 12-2 in their last 14 games following a win while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Minnesota iss 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in their lat 5 games as a favorite while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win. The favorite is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams.
I’m expecting a full on battle here between two of the more physical sides in the entire NHL, and Los Angeles has played to the under in 4 of the last 5 games while Minnesota’s played to the over in three straight, but the common denominator here is that both teams have been playing great defense. I’ll take the under here as I think this game hits 5 goals max as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.