St. Louis Blues (13-8-2) at Los Angeles Kings (9-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +110 / St. Louis Blues -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Friday night.
The St. Louis Blues will look to add to yet another road win in the form of a 3-2 win over the Ducks last time out. David Perron leads the Blues in scoring with 23 points including 7 goals and 16 assists while Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Kyrou each have 20 points with O’Reilly logging 7 goals and 13 assists while Kyrou has 8 goals and 12 helpers on the year. Brayden Schenn has 19 points with a team-high 11 goals while Mike Hoffman has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists and Torey Krug has 13 assists as part of his 14-point tally. Jordan Binnington’s seen the bulk of St. Louis’ activity in goal, making 18 appearances with 9 wins and a 2.62 GAA.
The Los Angeles Kings will try to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Arizona in their last matchup. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings in scoring with 24 points coming on 4 goals and a team-high 20 assists while Drew Doughty has 18 points with 6 goals and 12 assists and Dustin Brown has 17 points with a team-high 11 goals. Alex Iafallo and Adrian Kempe each have 13 points with 5 goals and 8 assists while Jeff Carter is right behind with 4 goals and 8 assists for his 12-point tally. Cal Petersen and Jonathan Quick continue to split time in goal, with Quick posting a 5-6 record with a pair of shutouts and a 2.87 GAA while Petersen has 4 wins and a 2.43 GAA this season.
St. Louis is 16-5 in their last 21 road games and 35-17 in their last 52 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Los Angeles is 1-6 in their last 7 Friday games and 21-45 in their last 66 games playing on 1 days’ rest while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. St. Louis is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.
The proposition of the Kings getting plus money at home given their nice run lately is tempting, but realistically, both teams have won 6 of their last 10 games, the Blues have the better record and the more consistent goaltending if we put them side-by-side. The Blues have also been a monster on the road early on this season, so I’ll lay the juice with the Blues on the road in this spot.