Philadelphia Flyers (5-7-0) at Los Angeles Kings (3-7-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -135 / Philadelphia Flyers +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with six goals, Claude Giroux has 10 assists and Jakub Voracek has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing four goals per game and are killing 67.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 28 goals on 253 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has allowed six goals on 22 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Los Angeles Kings have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 13.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Ilya Kovalchuk leads Los Angeles with three goals, Drew Doughty has seven assists and Alex Iafallo has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 17 goals on 110 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 18 goals on 205 shots. The Los Angeles Kings allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.
The Flyers are 14-5 in their last 19 vs. a team with a losing record, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. The Kings are 2-6 in their last 8 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-13 in their last 16 overall. The Flyers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings.
Neither of these teams have been able to string anything together so far this season, so it's tough to side with either club. The difference here is that the Kings have won five of the last six meetings against the Flyers and are at home where they usually are a tough team to beat. I'll give the edge the Kings here in a battle of two inconsistent strugging defensive teams at the moment.