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May 2, 9:30 PM | Scottrade Center

Los Angeles Kings vs St. Louis Blues Odds

27-16-5TEAM RECORD29-17-2

The St. Louis Blues hope for another gift victory from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in NHL Stanley Cup playoffs betting action at Scottrade Center.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick flubbed a play in OT and the Blues scored an easy winner. The defending champs are now underdogs for Game 2 against a team they defeated a year ago in the playoffs.

This season the Blues are 29-17-2 overall while the Kings are 27-16-5. As for the totals, St. Louis is 20-22-6 on the OU, and Los Angeles is 19-18-11.

View Los Angeles vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -116 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at TopBet but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
The Blues sit at No. 7 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Kings sit at a No. 5 on the same chart.

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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.

Los Angeles was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Blues. They lost as +110 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

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

A few Kings at Blues trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games
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 8 of St. Louis' last 9 games at home
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. Louis' last 14 games

Next up:
Los Angeles home to St. Louis, Saturday, May 4

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