Colorado Avalanche (42-28-9) at Los Angeles Kings (43-28-8)
|Date & Time||Monday April 2, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -205 / Colorado Avalanche +184 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings meet Monday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a bounce back victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 38 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 54 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 128 goals on 1,595 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 83 goals on 956 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed two or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 35 goals, Drew Doughty has 48 assists and Dustin Brown has 209 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 138 goals on 1,794 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 11 goals on 145 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in each of their last nine games.
The Avalanche are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games, 30-70 in their last 100 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-46 in their last 62 road games. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 Monday games. The Avalanche are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 10-4-8 in the last 22 meetings.
This is some serious juice, but there's a lot of reasons to face the Colorado Avalanche. They're not good on the road, have been even worse playing on the end of a back to back and are coming off an overtime loss to the Ducks. If those things weren't enough, the Kings have had the upperhand over the Avalanche in past meetings, which includes winning 7-1 about a week ago. I don't do it often, but I'll eat the heavy price.