Los Angeles Kings (14-9-5) at Ottawa Senators (11-11-5)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 11, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +131 / Los Angeles Kings -145 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Senators begin life after Paul MacLean on Thursday night when they host the defending Cup champions to the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Los Angeles Kings have lost back to back games and five of their last 10 overall which has dropped them into fifth place in the Pacific division and eight points back of the Ducks for the division lead. The Kings have been uncharacteristically poor on the road so far this year sitting with a 3-5-4 mark away from the Staples Center and for a team that is less than a year short of hoisting the Stanley Cup it is a little tough to reason why they haven't been able to get things going. LA is still without Slava Voynov who is suspended indefinitely for his domestic violence suit and Marian Gaborik has been a ghost offensively which are two big reasons why the Kings have been slumping but surely not the only one. They have a chance to get back in the win column in Ottawa on Thursday night as Jonathan Quick will go up against Craig Anderson.
The Senators had playoff aspirations heading into the season but a slow start has them in seventh place in the Atlantic division and nine points back of the Canadiens for the magic three seed which would guarantee them a playoff spot. The ax fell on head coach Paul MacLean on Tuesday after the team announced he was relieved of his duties and interim head coach Dave Cameron will take over likely for the rest of the season. The Sens aren't a seventh place team so a change needed to happen and unfortunately for MacLean who won the Jack Adams two years ago it had to be him as the team is invested in this group on the ice moving forward. Ottawa are pretty heavy underdogs here which is great for us as the book makers favour the defending champs but the Kings have been bad on the road and a team usually responds well in the first game after their coach gets canned and I'm willing to take a flier on the Sens as home dogs here to at the very least earn a single point.