Los Angeles Kings (22-21-4) at New Jersey Devils (20-19-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 24, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils / Los Angeles Kings --- Over/Under:
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The Los Angeles Kings look to snap out of their road losing ways as they continue their trek away from home in New Jersey to take on the Devils on Tuesday.
The Kings suffered yet another road loss last night as they fell by a 3-2 final at MSG against the New York Rangers and now they face another likely low scoring affair against a Devils side that can’t score and has a very strong goaltender. Los Angeles has dropped four of their last five road games and have been woeful against the Eastern Conference of late while the Devils are moving in the opposite direction as they have won four of their last five but have done most of their damage on the road. The Kings are likely to go back to Petr Budaj in this spot after Jeff Zatkoff got the win last night as he will face off against Corey Schneider who will be out to blank the Kings and record his third shutout of the season.
The Devils meanwhile are starting to turn a corner and are hoping a matchup against the Kings will add a few more points to their tally in the standings as they try to keep pace in the Metro. New Jersey has had their struggles in the offensive zone as has been par for the course for them over the last decade and until they can find another bona fide scorer to go alongside the newly acquired Taylor Hall the Devils could be in trouble in a division that boasts some of the league’s very best including the reigning Cup champions. However, if Corey Schneider continues to prove he is one of the best in the world the Devils have a chance to win every night and he will have to be sharp tonight.
The Kings are 1-6 in their last seven against a team with a losing record and 0-5 in their last five against the Eastern Conference while the Devils are 4-1 in their last five overall and 0-4 in their last four home games. The goaltending matchup combined with LA playing in a back to back has this one screaming for a low scoring affair and while we won’t get the extra half goal I think it is a safe play here.