Ottawa Senators (1-0-1) at Los Angeles Kings (1-2-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 9, 2013, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -147 / Ottawa Senators +134 --- Over/Under: 5
The Kings look to rebound at home when they host the pesky Ottawa Senators in what should be a very tight contest between two Cup contenders.
The Senators have been the underdog story of the NHL over the past few seasons as they were a team left for dead two years ago, but shocked everyone by making the playoffs, and last year they overcame a handful of injuries to their top players to once again make the playoffs and force the Penguins into a very tight series. This year, however, the mark is off the Sens and they’re now considered legitimate contenders, despite losing long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson, who bolted for the Motor City. With the way they’ve played so far, it is no wonder they’re considered among the league’s best. Jason Spezza leads an offensive arsenal that includes newly acquired Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek, a defensive core led by Erik Karlsson and one of the most underrated goalies in the league in Craig Anderson. All in all, the Sens are a very deep team that will be tough to play against every night and that will be no different for the Kings here in LA.
The Kings are also among the league’s best and are considered by many to be Stanley Cup favourites, but so far they have struggled at times and are coming off a loss at home to the New York Rangers in which normally sure-footed goalie Jonathan Quick was the scapegoat for the game-winning goal. Los Angeles, though, will surely rebound from a tough loss as they have a ton of character guys and a world of talent on their roster and after playing under expectation in their last game, I fully expect they’ll get back to business in this one. However, the Senators are a very tough team to play and they have generated a lot of success on the road. While the Kings are a very strong home team, this game looks to be a toss up to me and I’ll gladly take the value with the Senators in a game they’re more than capable of winning. I also have a play on the total that I will be sharing on the 1st Quarter podcast so be sure to tune in.