Minnesota Wild (2-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (3-1-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 19, 2014, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings will play Sunday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Minnesota Wild finish up their three-game road trip here and are 2-1 to begin the season. The strength of the Wild so far has been goalie Darcy Kuemper, who has allowed just two goals on 72 shots. The Minnesota Wild have the best goals against average in the league at 0.7, and Kuemper has allowed two or less goals in 10 of his last 16 regular season starts. The Wild have won eight of their last nine regular season games when allowing two or less goals. The Wild have also not allowed a power play goal in 11 opportunities, giving them the best power play kill percentage in the league at 100 percent. Offensively, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker each have two goals apiece, while Ryan Suter has two assists and Thomas Vanek has 11 shots on goal.
The Los Angeles Kings have found their groove lately by winning three straight games and getting back in the Pacific Division. After struggling early on, goalie Jonathan Quick has allowed just one goal in his last two starts and has allowed eight goals on 142 shots faced overall. The Kings have allowed one or less goals in their last three games and have won 10 of their last 12 regular season games when allowing two or less goals. Also, after allowing three power play goals in their first two games, the Los Angeles Kings are a perfect 9-9 in power play kills their last three games. Offensively, Tanner Pearson leads the Kings with four goals, Tyler Toffoli has three assists and Alec Martinez has 13 shots on goal.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 60-27 in their last 87 home games. The Wild are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings against the Kings.
I like the Minnesota Wild in this matchup. Minnesota has had success against the Kings in the past and the goalie play of Darcy Kuemper has been top notch. The value in this matchup is the team on the road.