Colorado Avalanche (10-6-4) at Los Angeles Kings (7-12-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 21, 2018, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -117 / Colorado Avalanche -112 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for another victory after winning three of their last four games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 30.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 13 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 24 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 30 goals on 405 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 24 goals on 230 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in their last four games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with six goals, Drew Doughty has 10 assists and Jeff Carter has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 17 goals on 110 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 27 goals on 352 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Avalanche are 5-11 in their last 16 games following a win, 23-57 in their last 80 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Kings are 4-10 in their last 14 home games, 3-12 in their last 15 vs. Western Conference and 7-18 in their last 25 overall. The Avalanche are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Kings last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 road games.
The Colorado Avalanche have put together their best stretch of the season over the last week, but we can't ignore the defensive lapses and the fact the Kings have won seven of the last 10 games against the Avalanche. In the last five meetings alone, the Kings have outscored the Avalanche 19-4. It looks like I'm going to side with the Kings on their home ice and the cheap price.