The Los Angeles Kings (21-11-8) travel to face off against the Dallas Stars (25-12-5) on Tuesday, January 16th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in Dallas and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 8:00 ET.
Los Angeles Kings vs Dallas Stars
The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win
On the year, the Kings have gone 21-11-8 and are in 3rd place in the Pacific Division. In the Western Conference, they are in 6th place. Over their last ten games, Los Angeles has gone just 2-8 and have lost four straight games.
When playing on the road, the Kings have gone 14-4-3 this season. As the underdog, Los Angeles has gone 6-2-3. Against teams in the Western Conference, they have gone 13-6.
On the road this season, the Kings have a puck line record of 12-9, and they have gone 2-1 against the puck line in their last three games. Overall, the Kings have a puck line record of 20-20.
When they are the underdog, Los Angeles has a puck line record of 9-2, and they have 16 wins by multiple goals compared to 5 wins by just one goal. So far, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.8 goals per game.
In their last game, the Kings went up against the Hurricanes and emerged as winners with a score of 5-2. In the first period against the Hurricanes, the Kings scored one goal, in addition to scoring four times in the 3rd period. For the game, the Los Angeles offense took 26 shots on goal and scored one time while short handed.
Los Angeles was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The Dallas Stars Are Coming Off A Win
With a 25-12-5 record, the Stars are in 4th place in the Western Conference and 3rd in the Central Division. In the Western Conference, Dallas has gone 16-12, and they have a 13-8-2 record at home.
Over their last ten games, the Stars have gone 5-5, and they have won two of their last three games. As the favorite, Dallas has gone 23-11-5 this season.
On the season, the Stars have gone 15-27 against the puck line, including going 12-27 as the favorite. So far, Dallas has 12 wins by multiple goals.
Overall, the Stars have an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. In their last ten home games, Dallas has gone just 2-8 against the puck line.
In their most recent matchup, the Stars played against the Blackhawks and won with a score of 3-1. In the first and second periods, the Stars didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with three goals in the third period. Dallas’ one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 30 shots on goal and six giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Dallas also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 4 goals.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Kings have an average of 3.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 17th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 10th in the league. This season, the Kings are 14-9 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 6-1 record.
The Kings’ over/under record this season is 16-23-1. For the season, they have had 25 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Dallas Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Stars have an average of 3.6 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 4th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 20th in the league. This year, the Stars have recorded a 14-8 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 11-4 record.
The Stars come in with an over/under record of 27-15-0. Over the season, there have been 27 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.8 goals per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
The Kings defense is currently 30th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 9th with 3 shutouts.
Dallas Team Defense
Defensively, the Stars come into the season ranked 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.8 shots per game against Dallas. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Kings vs Stars Trends
- Across their last three road contests, Los Angeles has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.
- In their last three games at home, the Stars have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 4 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Stars have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their puck line record was 5-0 in these scenarios.
- As the betting favorite, the Kings have an puck line mark of just 0-3 in their last three games. Los Angeles posted a straight up mark of 0-3 in these matchups.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Stars to come out with a win against the Kings while playing at home. Considering the moneyline odds at -144, I’m placing my bet on the Stars to win outright.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Kings to cover. Even if the Stars manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Kings should 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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