Los Angeles Kings (11-6-5) at Minnesota Wild (12-8-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday November 26, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -135 / Los Angeles Kings +123 --- Over/Under: 5
The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild play Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Los Angeles Kings have split their last 10 games and are trying to hang around in the Pacific division. The Kings defense is leading the way, allowing 2.2 goals per game and two or less goals in four of their last six games. The Los Angeles Kings haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games and are 11-2 this season when allowing two or less goals. Jonathan Quick has allowed 40 goals on 584 shots and Martin Jones has given up nine goals on 116 shots faced. Offensively, the Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored a power play goal in four of their last five games. Tanner Pearson leads Los Angeles with nine goals, Jeff Carter has 11 assists and Justin Williams has 63 shots on goal. This ends a three-game road trip for the Kings.
The Minnesota Wild have won five of their last six games and are climbing out of the Central. The Wild defensively are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. The Minnesota Wild have won 10 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less goals. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 29 goals on 359 shots and Niklas Backstrom has given up 13 goals on 159 shots faced. Offensively, the Wild are averaging 2.9 goals per game and haven’t scored a pp goal in seven of their last 10 games. Nino Niederreiter leads the Wild with 10 goals, Jason Pominville has nine assists and Jared Spurgeon has 40 shots on goal. This is the first home game for the Wild in 10 days.
The Kings are 1-8 in their last 9 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Wild are 38-15 in their last 53 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The under is 17-4-3 in the last 24 meetings in Minnesota.
The under has owned this series over the years and both teams rely heavily on their defense. You know which direction we're going to go with this one.