Dallas Stars (41-32-8) at Los Angeles Kings (45-28-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under:
The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Dallas Stars could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 40 goals, John Klingberg has 57 assists and Jamie Benn has 236 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 120 goals on 1,437 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has allowed 81 goals on 910 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for another victory after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 35 goals, Drew Doughty has 50 assists and Dustin Brown has 220 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 143 goals on 1,849 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 11 goals on 145 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Stars are 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games, 25-56 in their last 81 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-8 in their last 9 road games. The Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Stars are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, the road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Dallas Stars have been possibly the coldest team in the league over the last month or so, and the last thing you care about is finishing the season strong when you're in a slump like this. The Los Angeles Kings have heated up at the right time, are ready for a playoff run and have done a nice job of defending home ice. Hard not to side with the Kings here, even if it's more of a fade from the Stars than anything else.