Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars
|Date & Time||Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
American Airlines Center
Dallas Stars -179 / Los Angeles Kings +147
The Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Stars meet in NHL action from the American Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Kings come into this game looking to rebound from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period before Minnesota broke the deadlock just after the midway point of the 2nd period before Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. Minny re-took the lead before Jeff Carter tied the game once again for the Kings with 2:30 to go in the final frame, sending us to some extra hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Kovalchuk, Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each missed their respective attempts in the shootout while Minnesota buried 1 of 3 to seal the deal and pick up the extra point. Jonathan Quick took the loss, falling to 8-11-3 this season after stopping 40 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime.
The Dallas Stars will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after falling to Tampa Bay in their last outing by a final score of 2-0. Tampa Bay opened the scoring 7:55 into the game and held onto that lead throughout the rest of the 1st and the entire 2nd period before doubling their advantage just before the midway point of the final period and holding onto that lead throughout the rest of the 3rd. Dallas registered 13 shots on target in each of the 1st two periods, but none of the Stars’ 35 shots on goal would find the back of the net in the losing effort. Anton Khudobin took the loss, falling to 8-9-2 after allowing 19 goals on 21 shots in the losing effort.
Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Dallas is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 11-4 in their last 15 games against the Pacific division while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these two teams are ones I feel overly comfortable backing given their recent play. However, the Kings have been hard to trust this whole season given their inconsistencies, despite stringing some wins together as of late. Dallas has scuffled, but the Stars do some of their best work on home ice and have gotten the upper hand on the Kings in recent meetings so I’ll lay the juice with Dallas here.