Winnipeg Jets (33-33-7) at Los Angeles Kings (34-31-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 23, 2017, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -150 / Winnipeg Jets +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
Late night NHL hockey comes to the Staples Center when the Winnipeg Jets visit the Los Angeles Kings.
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Winnipeg Jets are both mathematically alive for the postseason although time is running out on each with points needed along with plenty of help. The Flyers playoff hopes were dealt a blow Tuesday in a 3-2 defeat at Winnipeg where the offense was held in check. Matt Read and Jordan Weal scored for Philadelphia and Claude Giroux logged assists on each but Steve Mason absorbed the loss on 30 stops as Philly opened their four game road trip with a loss. The Jets offense came off the sticks of Mark Scheifele, Mathieu Perrault and Blake Wheeler to support the 24 save performance of Michael Hutchinson to lift the team to their third straight victory. The Jets are ten points out of the playoffs and Philadelphia is seven out.
The Los Angeles Kings have been a dependable participant in the postseason but their backs are against the wall this season as their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. That thread got a little bit thinner following a 2-0 defeat at Edmonton on Monday as the LAK drooped their 4th in five contests. Jonathan Quick played a strong game with 29 saves but the Kings were unable to score in falling to 34-31-7. The Oilers didn’t light up the scoreboard but didn’t need to with Milan Lucic and Patrick Maroon finding the back of the net with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each logging a pair of helpers. Cam Talbot recorded his second straight shutout on the strength of 35 stops that lifted Edmonton to victory number four in a row and a second place tie in the Pacific Division.
The Jets are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Pacific and the Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest while the over is 16-4-1 in Jets last 21 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and the Kings are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 2-0-2 in Kings last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The over is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and the over is 4-1-4 in the last 9 meetings while the home team is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings.
The over has done fine and this match up has been dominated by the home team. I’ll lean over until goalies are confirmed…