NHL Game Preview - Blue Jackets underdogs vs Kings at Los Angeles
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings Odds
The visiting Blue Jackets hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at STAPLES Center against the Los Angeles Kings.
Los Angeles battles the Blue Jackets, currently with a 4-7-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 4-4-3 for the Kings and 6-6-1 for the Blue Jackets.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Kings as -215 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Kings and the No. 29-ranked Blue Jackets, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles' No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 2.4 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.2 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 11.8% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 83.7% of their penalties.
The Blue Jackets were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at +167 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.
In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Blues. Bettors on Los Angeles at +150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.
Columbus Blue Jackets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Phoenix are 4-6
After playing San Jose are 5-5
After a win are 3-7
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Blue Jackets at Kings trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus' last 6 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Columbus is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Columbus
Los Angeles is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles' last 9 games at home
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Columbus
Columbus at Phoenix, Saturday, February 16
Los Angeles at Chicago, Sunday, February 17