Penguins look for a win in Los Angeles
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to pick up a win on the west coast on Thursday night as they hit the ice at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Kings in NHL betting action.
The Penguins and Kings haven't met since 2011, and the teams have split their last 10 matchups at five victories apiece dating back to 2002. Totals bettors have watched the OVER/UNDER go 4-3-3 in the last 10 games between the teams.
The Kings sport a record of 30-19-6 heading into this matchup, while the Penguins sit at 37-14-2 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-27-14 for the Kings and 25-24-4 for the Penguins.
The visitors opened as -105 moneyline in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 22-ranked Kings and the No. 12-rated Penguins in this matchup.
The Penguins were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -285 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Coyotes on January 28. Bettors who backed the Coyotes at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 26-ranked offense (2.42 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 13.85% rate while the Penguins have a 87.58% rate on the penalty kill.
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