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Kings In Search Of Their First Win Against Stars

The Los Angeles Kings have been a tire fire so far this young NHL season. The team has been outscored 12-6 and has opened the year with three consecutive losses. The biggest reason is the absence of Jonathan Quick, as goalie Jeff Zatkoff has been atrocious. The Kings are in search of their first when they visit the Dallas Stars Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Kings are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games as underdogs against the Stars.
  • The Stars are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against teams with losing records.
  • The Kings are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games with 1 day off between games.

Zatkoff has an atrocious 4.37 GAA and a .839 SV% in his three starts this season. He was yanked in the Kings last game after allowing five goals on 16 shots. Mediocre-at-best journeyman Peter Budaj came in and stopped all nine shots he faced. Don’t expect the goalie situation to get better for LA, as Quick is not expected back until at least December.

The Stars have continued their offensive onslaught from last season, as they are averaging 3.7 goals per game through their three outings. The top two lines have been dominating for Dallas, as all six men on those lines have already recorded three points on the season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Los Angeles Kings in this one, they Kings listed earlier today as underdogs of 190 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

A 2.8-2.3 result in favor of the Stars is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Dallas Stars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Dallas Stars currently sport a record of 2-1-0. The Los Angeles Kings are 0-3-0. Betting totals have seen the Stars post a 2-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Kings have gone 2-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Dallas vs Los Angeles injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 4-ranked Dallas Stars and the No. 11-rated Los Angeles Kings in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Dallas's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 3.67 goals per game, against a Kings defense that ranks No. 25 at 4 goals allowed. The Stars power play is averaging 20% while the Kings defense kills off 77.78% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Kings were a 6-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Wild. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Dallas won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Predators on October 18. Bettors who backed the Stars at +136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games when playing Dallas
  • Dallas is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Dallas is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
  • Dallas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Dallas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Vancouver, Saturday, October 22nd
Dallas home to Columbus, Saturday, October 22nd

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