The Los Angeles Kings (22-15-9) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (25-20-2) on Sunday, January 28th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis and televised on ESPN+. The Blues are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Kings are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 2:00 ET.
Kings vs Blues
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Kings are 7th in the Western Conference with a record of 22-15-9. In the Pacific Division, Los Angeles is in 4th place. Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone just 2-8 and have lost their last two games. On the road, Los Angeles is 14-6-3.
Heading into today’s game, the Kings are favored in 33 of their 46 games, going 16-11-6 in those contests. Against other Western Conference teams, Los Angeles has gone 13-10 this season.
On the season, the Kings have gone 20-26 against the puck line, including going 2-8 in their last ten games and 0-5 in their last five. So far, LA has been favored in 33 games and has a puck line record of 11-22 in those contests.
As the favorite, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.5 goals per game and have gone 16-10 with multiple-goal wins. Overall, their average scoring margin is +.4 goals per contest.
The Kings aim to bounce back following their 5-1 loss on the road to the Avalanche. The Kings couldn’t find the net offensively in the first or third periods against the Avalanche, but they did score one time in the second period. The team’s one goal occurred during a power play, and they managed to take 27 shots on goal while also having 7 giveaways.
Los Angeles entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. With a combined total of 6 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.5.
The St. Louis Blues Are Coming Off A Win
At home this year, the Blues have been solid with a record of 14-8-1. In the Western Conference, St. Louis is 9th with 52 points and a record of 25-20-2. In their last ten games, the Blues have gone 6-4 and have won four straight games.
As the underdog this season, the Blues have gone 19-13-2 and have won three straight games when not favored. Against other teams from the Western Conference, St. Louis is 15-14 this year. In the Central Division, the Blues are 5th with a record of 7-10.
As the underdog, the Blues have gone 22-12 vs. the puck line this season and have a puck line record of 27-20 overall. When playing at home, St. Louis has a puck line record of 15-8.
So far, the Blues have 11 wins by just one goal and have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three games, the team has gone 3-0 vs. the puck line.
The Blues recently played against the Kraken and secured a win with a score of 4-3. Facing off against the Kraken’s defense, the Blues offense scored in all three periods. Of St. Louis’ four goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 18 shots on goal and had one giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, St. Louis managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Kings are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 20th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 6th in the league. The Kings went 15-12 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-2.
This season, the Kings’ have an over/under record of 18-27-1. Throughout the season, they have played 22 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Blues Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Blues have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 28th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blues have a 10-7 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 14-11.
The Blues’ come into the game with an over/under record of 19-23-5. Over the course of last season, they had 23 games that did not surpass the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games was 6.9 per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Los Angeles defense takes on the Blues ranked 30th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.8 shots per game against Los Angeles. They also are 10th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
Defensively, the Blues come into the season ranked 12th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.7 shots per game against St. Louis. For the season, they are ranked 13th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Kings vs Blues Trends
- Across the Kings last ten road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 3-7, while going 3-7 straight-up.
- In their last ten games at home, the Blues have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 8-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- Through their last three games as the underdog, the Blues have an puck line record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 3-0.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting favorite, the Kings have gone 0-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-2.
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Blues to pick up on a win over the Kings at home. With the moneyline sitting at +118, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Blues straight-up.
Our projections have the Blues pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Blues, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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