Kings look for a victory over St. Louis
The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to knock off the St. Louis Blues for the second time this season on Thursday night as those teams battle in NHL betting action at the sportsbooks.
The Kings edged the Blues 3-2 at +100 at home on the NHL odds when the Western clubs last met on December 2, turning in a PUSH on the OVER/UNDER. The Kings have now managed to pick up the victory in eight of their last 10 games against the Blues.
The Kings will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 25-12-4 this season, while the Blues are 27-7-5. Los Angeles is 12-19-10 against the total, while St. Louis is 20-15-4 versus the number.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Blues rated this week at No. 3 and the Kings sitting at No. 10.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Stars on December 31. Bettors who backed the Stars at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Wild on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at -130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis's No. 2-ranked offense (3.56 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.02 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 23.02% rate while the Kings have a 84.47% rate on the penalty kill.
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