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Inconsistent Goaltending Could Undo the Kings in Boston

Kings stay Kings. It took overtime, but LA managed to bring the Penguins seven-game winning streak to an end on Friday with a 1-0 win thanks to an extra-time winner from Tyler Toffoli. They will look to keep that momentum going this afternoon against a Bruins team they have had the upper hand on in recent matchups.

SHARK BITES
  • The visiting team is 1-5 in its last 6 games in this matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Bruins' last 7 games.
  • The Bruins are 10-2 in their last 12 games at home after losing their 2 most recent home games.

Peter Budaj has been playing absolutely out of his mind for the Kings. He stopped all 39 shots the Penguins fired his way on Friday and is in line for another start today. The 34-year-old from the former Czechoslovakia is 14-7-2 this year filling in for Jonathan Quick and has a save percentage that’s 10 points higher than his career mark.

Budaj’s success – and Quick’s, for that matter – can be largely attributed to the system Daryl Sutter has in place in LA that allows very few shots to reach the Kings’ net. The only problem Budaj has had this year has been posting consecutive quality performances. Boston is the third-highest producer of five-on-five shots this year and should be able to take advantage of an inconsistent goaltender.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Boston Bruins as -114 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.4-1.8 result in favor of the Kings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Boston Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Boston Bruins are 16-13-3 overall while the Los Angeles Kings are 16-12-2. As for the totals, Boston is 10-16-4 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 10-12-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Kings - Bruins odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 7 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 2.41 goals per game, against a Kings defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.57 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 13.54% while the Kings defense kills off 83.33% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Kings were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -174 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Boston won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Canadiens on December 12. Bettors who backed the Bruins at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Los Angeles is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Boston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Columbus, Tuesday, December 20th
Boston home to New York, Tuesday, December 20th

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