Los Angeles Kings (21-16-6) vs. New York Islanders (15-14-6)
January 27, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -145 / Los Angeles Kings +125; Over/Under: -5.5
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The Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing four of their last five games. The New York Islanders look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Anze Kopitar has 24 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 73.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 65 goals on 759 shots faced, and Cal Petersen has given up 43 goals on 430 shots.
The New York Islanders are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 13 goals, Mathew Barzal has 18 assists and Oliver Wahlstrom has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 54 goals on 730 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 31 goals on 359 shots.
The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 18-37 in their last 55 games as an underdog. The Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The under is 10-2-1 in Kings last 13 road games. The under is 7-2 in Islanders last 9 overall. The Kings are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings don’t win enough in the underdog role to be worth these chances, and this recent funk usually doesn’t fix itself on the road. For the first time this season, the New York Islanders are showing signs of life, and it’s probably safe to back them again with cheap prices at home. Speaking of home, the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between these clubs. Give me the Islanders.