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NHL-playoffs-betting-prediction-pick-Kings face St. Louis Blues: NHL odds preview and stats

Los Angeles KingsSt. Louis Blues
April 30, 8:00 PM | Scottrade Center

Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues Odds

27-16-5TEAM RECORD29-17-2

Los Angeles pays a visit to St. Louis on Tuesday for Game 1 of the  NHL playoffs, hoping they can take out the Blues just like last season.

The Blues are 29-17-2 so far on the season. The Kings, meanwhile, are 27-16-5. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen St. Louis go 20-22-6 and the Kings go 19-18-11 on the totals.

View Los Angeles vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blues were listed earlier today as -126 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers at Bet365 set the opening total around 5.

Props courtesy of Bovada:

Series Price
Los Angeles Kings (Series Price)    -120
St. Louis Blues (Series Price)        EVEN

Series Correct Score    
Los Angeles Kings 4-0        10/1
Los Angeles Kings 4-1        13/2    
Los Angeles Kings 4-2        13/4    
Los Angeles Kings 4-3        19/4
St Louis Blues 4-0        10/1    
St Louis Blues 4-1        6/1    
St Louis Blues 4-2        11/2    
St Louis Blues 4-3        9/2    

Total Games in the Series     
4    11/2    
5    13/5
6    17/1    
7    9/5    

Total Games in the Series     
Over    5½ (-200)
Under    5½ (+160)

Series Game Spread    
Los Angeles Kings    -1½ (+155)        
St Louis Blues        +1½ (-190)        

Anze Kopitar 1st Round Points
Over / Under 5

Jeff Carter 1st Round Points
Over / Under 3

Mike Richards 1st Round Points
Over / Under 3

Chris Stewart 1st Round Points
Over / Under 3.5

David Backes 1st Round Points
Over / Under 3

Alexander Steen 1st Round Points
Over / Under 3

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Blues, most recently No. 7 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Kings, who rate a No. 5 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 14-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 19.5% rate while the Kings have a 83.2% rate on the penalty kill.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 3-2 winner at home against the Sharks. Bettors on Los Angeles at -149 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Blackhawks on April 27. Bettors who backed the Blues at -270 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing San Jose are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

St. Louis Blues Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing Chicago are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Kings at Blues trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Los Angeles is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games at home
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis' last 13 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at St. Louis, Thursday, May 2