Columbus Blue Jackets (4-3-0) at Los Angeles Kings (5-1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 26, 2014, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -188 / Columbus Blue Jackets +171 --- Over/Under: 5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings play Sunday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-3 on the season and already have two road wins under their belt. The Blue Jackets have displayed a balanced hockey team so far, especially on the offensive end where they’re averaging three goals per game. Ryan Johansen leads the way with five goals, Nick Foligno has six assists and Scott Hartnell has 23 shots on goal. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won eight straight games when scoring three or more goals. Cam Atkinson is questionable for this game with an eye injury. Defensively, Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 16 goals in 201 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up two goals on 17 shots. This matchup wraps up a four-game road trip for the Blue Jackets.
The Los Angeles Kings have been on fire, as they’ve won five straight and are 5-1-1 overall. The Kings are being led by goalie Jonathan Quick, who has allowed just two goals in his last four starts and has given up just nine goals on 212 shots overall. The Kings are 13-1 in their last 14 regular season games when Quick allows two or less goals, and they’ve allowed no more than one goal in their last five games. Backup Martin Jones has allowed on goal on 33 shots faced. Offensively is where the Los Angeles Kings have struggled, as they’re averaging 2.3 goals per game. Tanner Pearson leads the way with five goals, Tyler Toffoli has five assists and Alec Martinez has 17 shots on goal. This will be the Kings last home game before they go on the road for five straight.
The Blue Jackets are 14-6 in their last 20 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Kings are 10-1 in their last 11 vs. the Metropolitan and 38-16 in their last 54 games following a win. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
While I hate paying heavy juice in any game, the Kings are the hottest team in the league right now and it's nearly impossble to bet against them. As long as you see the price fit, take the Kings at home.