St. Louis Blues (1-1-0) at Los Angeles Kings (2-1-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 16, 2014, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -135 / St. Louis Blues +123 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Kings look to keep rolling after waxing the Oilers in their last game but they’ll face a much stiffer test here with the Blues in town.
The Blues will look to put their playoff blunders behind them after another early exit last season and a strong regular season in 2014-15 is one way they plan to go about doing so. St. Louis went out and signed former AVs forward Paul Stastny to come in and anchor their second line in what was one of the biggest and best free agent moves during the summer but the biggest question remains in goal for the Blues as they go with the tandem of Jake Allen and Brian Elliott. While both goaltenders are more than serviceable and both have shown signs of brilliance over the past couple of years it is interesting to note that both were deemed not good enough to lead the team into the postseason last year and instead they went out and grabbed Ryan Miller in which they paid a pretty hefty price including moving Jaro Halak and Chris Stewart. The Blues will look to make a statement here against the Kings who as mentioned are coming off a 6-1 thrashing of the Oilers.
It must be tough being the defending champions as every team tries to give you their best effort but for the Kings it is they who have been the one with maximum energy and they look like world beaters once again. Los Angeles has the majority of their core back in action and even signed some pieces long term with defenseman Jake Muzzin being the latest to re-up with the team and I think it would come as a surprise to very few to see this team in the fold once again this year and for many years to come especially if they can get Mike Richards back in the mix offensively. This is a tough spot as the Blues are a great team and are getting some nice value here but is it ever a good idea to bet against Jonathan Quick on home ice? Not usually. However, I think it is worth a swing here as the Blues need to get going and what better way than to skate into the Staples Center and take down the reigning Cup champions.