The Los Angeles Kings (20-10-6) travel to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning (19-17-5) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa and televised on ESPN+. Both the Kings and Lightning will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Los Angeles Kings vs Tampa Bay Lightning
The Los Angeles Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the road this season, the Kings have gone 13-3-1 and have been favored in 27 of their 36 games. In the Western Conference, Los Angeles is in 6th place and 3rd in the Pacific Division. For the year, the Kings have gone 20-10-6.
Over their last ten games, the Kings have gone 4-6 and have lost their last five games. In their last three games, Los Angeles has gone 0-3. When favored this season, the Kings have gone 15-8-4.
Los Angeles enters the game with a puck line record of 18-18 and 15 multiple-goal wins. So far this season, the Kings have an average scoring margin of +.9 goals per game. In their last ten games, LA’s puck line record is just 3-7.
On the road, the Kings have a puck line record of 10-7, and their average scoring margin is +1.8 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6, and they have gone just 1-4 against the puck line in their last five.
Following a 4-3 loss on the road to the Capitals, the Kings are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Kings couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored two times in the second period and one goal in the third. Of Los Angeles’ three goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 41 shots on goal and had seven giveaways.
Los Angeles took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 5.5 goals set for the game.
The Tampa Bay Lightning Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Lightning have been solid, going 11-5-3. In the Atlantic Division, they are in fifth place with a record of 4-7. Overall, Tampa Bay has a record of 19-17-5 and is currently 12th in the Eastern Conference.
Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone 5-5, and they have lost three straight games as the underdog. As the underdog this season, Tampa Bay has gone 7-9-4, and they have been the underdog in 20 of their 41 games.
At home this season, the Lightning have a puck line record of 11-8 compared to an overall puck line record of 19-22. So far, Tampa Bay has 13 wins by multiple goals and 16 losses by more than one goal.
Over their last ten games at home, the Lightning have a puck line record of 6-4. In their last ten games overall, Tampa Bay has a puck line record of 3-7.
After suffering a 7-3 loss on the road to the Bruins, the Lightning are looking to bounce back today. Looking at the Lightning offense vs. the Bruins, they managed to score one goal in the opening period and two times in the second period. In the game, Tampa Bay managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 26 shots on goal and committed 4 turnovers.
Coming in as the underdog, Tampa Bay not only lost straight-up but also failed to cover the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 10 goals.
Los Angeles Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Kings come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 18th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. The Los Angeles offense is ranked 18th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 8th in the NHL.
The Kings come in with an over/under record of 14-21-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.9 per game.
Tampa Bay Offense Breakdown
The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 7th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 11th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Lightning offense is 2nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the NHL.
The Lightning’s over/under record this season is 18-19-4. For the season, they have had 20 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6.8 goals per game.
Los Angeles Team Defense
Defensively, the Kings come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 26.9 shots per game against Los Angeles. For the season, they are ranked 7th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Tampa Bay Team Defense
Defensively, the Lightning are currently 9th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Kings vs Lightning Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Kings have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 4-6 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- Although Tampa Bay has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 6-4. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- The last five games that Tampa Bay was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 2-3 while going 1-4 straight up.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Kings have a straight up record of 4-6 and an puck line mark of 3-7.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Lightning to take down the Kings at home. With the moneyline currently at -105, I’m placing my bet on the Lightning straight-up.
Our projections have the Lightning pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Lightning, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down 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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