Los Angeles Kings (30-27-4) at Minnesota Wild (39-14-6)
|Date & Time||Monday February 27, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -150 / Los Angeles Kings +136 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Minnesota Wild look to continue their dominant run on home ice as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Xcel Energy Center on Monday.
The Los Angeles Kings head into Minnesota looking to make a statement against one of the league’s best teams as they inch towards a wild card spot in the Western Conference, and a victory on Monday night would be a huge step forward. The Kings got the trade season rolling as they acquired former Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop as he will replace Petr Budaj as the interim in the LA crease until Jonathan Quick returns from an injury that has kept him out all season, but the move is receiving a ton of criticism as LA needs some help offensively and they gave up Budaj who has better numbers this season than the new incumbent. The Kings look to snap out of an ugly skid playing on Monday’s as they are 1-6 in their last seven games to start the week and will be in tough on the road against a very good Minnesota team who also made a move over the weekend.
The Wild made a splash by going out and acquiring one of the top forwards on the trade block in Martin Hanzal and they didn’t have to rid of any of their budding young prospects to do so and have to be happy with where they are heading into the beginning of March. The Wild have a very deep team and have been among the league’s best since the first whistle back in October, and as such they aren’t getting a ton of value anymore as the odds makers are slotting them into the league’s elite and they are considered the odds on favourite in the Western Conference. Minnesota is 20-6 in their last 26 matchups against the Western Conference and with Devan Dubnyk getting the call here and likely facing off against a well traveled, and tired Ben Bishop who gets thrown into action right away.
The Kings are 9-4 in their last 13 against the West and 4-0 in their last four games against the Central division while the Wild are 16-6 in their last 22 home games and 17-5 in their last 22 against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is in tough on the road here as Minny matches up well with them and with some moving parts on the Kings roster and Minnesota being a lethal home side I think they get the win here.