Los Angeles Kings (19-9-2) at Montreal Canadiens (20-9-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 17, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -102 / Los Angeles Kings -108 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Kings look to get back in the win column after a loss in Ottawa their last time out while the home side looks to get out of a 4-5-1 funk that has their lead in the Atlantic trimmed down.
The LA Kings head into the Bell Centre on Thursday night looking to upend a fellow division leader and push their own mark in the Pacific to a league best 11 points but they know they will have their work cut out for them against one of the best in the East. The Kings head into tonight's game with a 7-1-2 mark in their last 10 contests and a lot of their success this season is credited to the spectacular play of their defense and goaltending as they sit second in the NHL with just 66 goals conceded and much like their recent triumphs in the last few seasons they possess a solid team defense and are tough to beat. However, their offense has struggled and while it only matters if they are losing games there are plenty of teams out there that have great defense as well and come playoff time they are going to have to find someone to step up and start scoring goals.
The Canadiens meanwhile are starting to slip up a bit after their fast start to the season and while they remain in first place in the Atlantic they are only five points clear and will need to get back on track soon as they can hear the footsteps behind them. Montreal has struggled at times without Carey Price in the crease and while Mike Condon has actually played very well in relief it says something to the confidence they have playing in front of Price as they seem to give him a lot more offensive support. Montreal does have the second most prolific offense in the league and are a league best +28 in goal differential but there just seems to be a bit of a lull with this group right now and as such I like the Kings to come in and get a big time win against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.