Minnesota Wild (44-26-10) at Los Angeles Kings (44-28-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 5, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -150 / Minnesota Wild +120 --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Wild could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 40 goals, Ryan Suter has 45 assists and Jason Zucker has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 140 goals on 1,710 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 66 goals on 759 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a big home victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 35 goals, Drew Doughty has 49 assists and Dustin Brown has 213 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 139 goals on 1,822 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 10 games.
The Wild are 24-9 in their last 33 Thursday games and 3-9 in their last 12 games playing on 0 days rest. The Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild seem to be cruising into the playoffs and taking their foot off the gas, and they have been fade material recently when playing on the end of a back to back. The Los Angeles Kings are rested, have been great defensively down the stretch and are finding ways to defend their home ice. Based on the way the Wild are kind of limping toward the finish line and don't handle end of a back to backs well, you have to side with the Kings in this spot.