The Detroit Red Wings (18-16-4) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Kings (20-9-5) on Thursday, January 4th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The Red Wings are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Kings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 10:30 ET.
Detroit Red Wings vs Los Angeles Kings
The Detroit Red Wings Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Red Wings have put together an overall record of 18-16-4. When playing on the road, Detroit has gone 8-9-1, while their home record stands at 10-7-3. They are currently positioned 5th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 12th in the Eastern conference. Detroit’s average scoring margin this season is +.2 leading to an overall puck line record of 21-17. Their scoring margin at home is +.4 and -0.1 on the road.
The Red Wings most recently took on the Sharks and secured a win with a score of 5-3. In all three periods, the Red Wings’ offense found the net against the Sharks. Of Detroit’s five goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had four giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Detroit also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 34 games, the Kings have achieved an overall record of 20-9-5. When on the road, Los Angeles holds a 13-2-1 record, while they are 7-7-4 when playing at home. Their current record places them 3rd in the Western Pacific division and 6th in the Western conference. Los Angeles’ average scoring margin this season is +1.0 leading to an overall puck line record of 18-16. Their scoring margin at home is +.1 and +1.9 on the road.
Coming off a 3-0 loss at home to the Maple Leafs, the Kings are hoping to bounce back today. In this game, Los Angeles’ offense had a challenging time against the Maple Leafs and failed to score. While being shutout, the Kings’ offense finished with 8 giveaways and took a total of 31 shots on goal.
In this game, Los Angeles was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 3 goals.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Red Wings are averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 3rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 16th in the league. This year, the Red Wings have recorded a 8-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 10-11 record.
This season, the Red Wings have an over/under record of 24-14-0. Throughout the season, they have played 24 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 7.1 per game.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
The Kings come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 16th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 13th in the league. Looking at how the Kings’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 21st in power play goals and 8th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Kings’ have an over/under record of 12-21-1. Throughout the season, they have played 23 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Detroit Team Defense
Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 7th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.7 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 15th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Los Angeles Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Kings head into the game ranked 32nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.7 shots per game against Los Angeles. So far, they are 7th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Red Wings vs Kings Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Detroit has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 4-6 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Across the Kings last five home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-4, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- The Kings have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.
- Over the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Red Wings struggled vs the puck line going just 1-4. However, they still had a straight up mark of 3-2.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Red Wings to secure a victory over the Kings on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +156, I’m locking in my bet on the Red Wings straight-up.
Our projections have the Red Wings pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Red Wings, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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