Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Colorado Avalanche -178 / Los Angeles Kings +155
The Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche meet in NHL action from the Pepsi Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build some steam after a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars in their last outing. Dustin Brown opened the scoring for the Kings in the latter stages of the opening period, taking a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period where Carl Hagelin doubled the advantage for Los Angeles. Dallas pulled a goal back with just over a minute to go, but it was too little too late for the Stars as the Kings held on for the victory to climb out of the NHL’s basement. Jack Campbell got the win to improve his record to 6-9-0 this season after stopping 29 of the 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Colorado Avalanche will look to bounce back after suffering a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Ottawa struck 3 times in a span of 6:55 to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. Nikita Zadorov pulled a goal back just before the last minute of the 2nd period but the Senators would restore their 3-goal cushion early on in the final period. Nathan McKinnon cut the deficit back to 4-2, but the Sens would ice their victory with an empty-netter, sending the Avs back empty-handed. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 12-11-5 this season after allowing 4 goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.
Los Angeles is 8-19 in their last 27 road games and 7-21 in their last 28 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Colorado is 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against the Pacific division. Los Angeles is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Colorado.
Colorado as a favorite at home makes sense, but not this much of a favorite. The Kings look like they’re a team that’s finally fed up with being in the basement of the league and are playing like it. Los Angeles is still a team that’s having a hard time following up wins, but the fact is that the Kings have had the upper hand on Colorado in this matchup, both overall and at the Pepsi Center. Colorado isn’t playing like a team that should be laying this kind of juice, so I’ll take a shot with Los Angeles and the plus money in this one.