The Los Angeles Kings (15-4-3) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (11-11-3) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on BSW. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Los Angeles Kings vs Montreal Canadiens
The Los Angeles Kings Are Coming Off A Win
Through 22 games, the Kings have achieved an overall record of 15-4-3. When on the road, Los Angeles holds a 10-0-0 record, while they are 5-4-3 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 3rd in the Western conference. Los Angeles heads into the game with 11 wins by more than one goal, and lost three games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 14-8.
In their last game, the Kings went up against the Blue Jackets and emerged as winners with a score of 4-3. In the first and second periods, the Kings didn’t score a goal, but they managed to break the drought with three goals in the third period. In the game, Los Angeles managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 39 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Although Los Angeles secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Kings, the Canadiens have a record of 11-11-3 so far. At home, their record is 6-7-1 and 5-4-2 on the road. Their current record places them 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference. Montreal has three wins by more than one goals and dropped eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 14-11 this season.
The Canadiens played host to the Kraken in their previous game and emerged with a 4-2 win. Facing off against the Kraken’s defense, the Canadiens offense scored in all three periods. Of Montreal’s four goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 30 shots on goal and had nine giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, Montreal managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. A total of 6 goals were scored in the game, resulting in a push on the over/under.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.9 goals per contest placing 6th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 20th position in the league. The Kings went 9-3 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 5-0.
The Kings have posted an over/under record of 10-12-0 so far this season. During last season, they participated in 29 games that did not exceed the over/under line set at 6. On average, their games had 6.5 goals per game.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 25th in the league. Coming into the game, the Canadiens have 2-1 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 9-10.
For the season, the over/under record of the Canadiens’ stands at 12-12-1. They have had 12 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
The Kings defense is currently 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 26.8 shots per game against Los Angeles. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 7th with 2 shutouts.
Montreal Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Canadiens’ defense is 28th in takeaways at 5.1 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.3 goals per game which is 4th in the NHL.
Kings vs Canadiens Trends
- Across their last five road contests, Los Angeles has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 5-0, while averaging 4 goals per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Canadiens have a straight up record of 5-5 while going 6-4 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.
- The last ten games that Montreal was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 6-4 while going 3-7 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the Kings have an puck line record of 3-2 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canadiens to take down the Kings at home. With the moneyline currently at +179, I’m placing my bet on the Canadiens straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Canadiens winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Canadiens straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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