Kings vs Blues: LA can advance
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Odds
St. Louis visits Los Angeles on Friday at STAPLES Center with the Kings riding a three-game win streak in this playoff series and primed to dispatch the Blues.
The total opened at 4.5 and the Kings were early -150 favorites at most sportsbooks focusing on NHL playoff odds. All five games have been one-goal victories, something puckline bettors have noticed.
The Blues will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 29-17-2 this season, while the Kings are 27-16-5. St. Louis is 20-22-6 against the total, while Los Angeles is 19-18-11 versus the number.
Bettors looking to side with the Kings in this one found them earlier as -151 favorites on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 4.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.
The Kings sit at No. 5 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blues sit at a No. 7 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 9-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Blues defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 19.9% rate while the Blues have a 84.7% rate on the penalty kill.
Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Blues on May 8. Bettors who backed the Kings at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
St. Louis Blues Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Los Angeles are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Blues at Kings trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of St. Louis' last 18 games
St. Louis is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Los Angeles is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing St. Louis
Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis home to Los Angeles, Monday, May 13