Minnesota Wild (29-13-3) at Los Angeles Kings (17-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +147 / Minnesota Wild -163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Staples Center on Friday night.
The Minnesota Wild will look to build on their 4-1 win over Arizona last time out. Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild in scoring with 38 points including a team-high 19 goals and 19 assists while Kevin Fiala has 29 points with 16 goals with 13 assists. Mats Zuccarello has 28 points with 10 goals and 18 assists while Joel Greenway has a team-high 21 assists and Joel Eriksson Ek has 14 goals as well this season for Minnesota. As a team, Minnesota is averaging 3.1 goals on 28.3 shots with an 18% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals on 30.5 shots with an 84.2% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on their own 4-1 win over Anaheim last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 44 points including a team-high 34 assists while Drew Doughty has 31 points with 23 assists. Dustin Brown, Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe and Andreas Athanasiou each have double-digit goal and assist marks this season with Brown logging a team-high 16 goals this season. As a team, Los Angeles is averaging 2.7 goals on 29.6 shots with a 21.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 31.3 shots with an 84.4% success rate killing off penalties this season.
Minnesota is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road favorite. Los Angeles is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall and 0-8 in their last 8 games following a win while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get the allure of the Kings as a home dog, but realistically, the Kings are fading out of the playoff race while Minnesota is getting closer and closer to clinching a spot in the postseason. The Wild are a far better team at home than on the road, but they’re the better overall team in this spot. I’ll lay it and play it with the Wild in this one.