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Kings look for third win in a row vs resurgent Capitals

The Los Angeles Kings will face off against the Washington Capitals tonight at the Capital One Arena and the Kings could be in trouble. Los Angeles is 3-7 SU and 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games and opened as a slight road dog to get the victory vs the rising Caps.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone under in 8 of Los Angeles’ last 9 games.
  • Washington is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games vs Los Angeles.
  • Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 18 goals.

The Capitals may not have figured out their road struggles but they’ve definitely corrected their issues at home. In the month of November, Washington is 7-1 SU in eight home games and averaging 3.1 goals per contest. This is very reminiscent of last year’s performance where the Caps were the best home team in the NHL. Backers of the Capitals should consider their moneyline which opened at -125 as Washington is coming off three days’ rest into tonight’s matchup.

The Kings have kind of fallen apart recently and will be in tough to get the win tonight. Los Angeles is averaging just 1.4 goals per game during a 10-game stretch that includes only three victories, but most recently managed to win back-to-back games versus the Red Wings and the Ducks. However, the Capitals are a much deeper team than those two squads and the Kings will only be on one day’s rest. Bettors may want to look elsewhere for value in this one.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Washington sat as -130 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.5 win for the Kings on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

14-10-1 Washington battles the Kings, currently with a 14-8-3 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 13-12 for the Capitals and 9-14-2 for the Kings. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Los Angeles injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 27-rated Capitals and the No. 19-ranked Kings, according to the latest NHL power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals' No. 14-ranked offense (2.96 goals per game) against a Los Angeles Kings defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.28 goals per game allowed. The Capitals power play has clicked at a 20.99% rate while the Kings have a 89.29% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Kings were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -107 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Washington won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Maple Leafs on November 25. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Los Angeles is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 9 games
  • Los Angeles is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 12 games
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at St. Louis, Friday, December 1
Washington home to Columbus, Saturday, December 2

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