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LA Has Been the City of Demons for the St. Louis Blues

Los Angeles may be the City of Angels but for the Blues, it’s been a city of demons. Their win at the Staples Center a year ago was actually the Blues’ first in the building since 2011. With the Kings playing very well at home this year (12-6-1) and the Blues struggling on the road (-1.06 goal differential per game), a result in favor of Gretzky’s second NHL team looks very possible on the surface.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blues are 1-11 in their last 12 games on the road against the Kings.
  • The Kings are 8-2 in their last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the Kings' last 12 games.

St. Louis has been incredibly inconsistent of late and has not earned a consecutive win or loss since the middle of December. That trend bodes well for the Blues tonight as they’re fresh off a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the surging Boston Bruins.

A bet to target tonight is the OVER 5. The Blues have posted just one UNDER in their last seven games and with an .887 home save percentage, the Kings are likely to give up a few to a St. Louis team that pounds the puck at opposing netminders.

The Blues opened as a significant underdog for tonight but, despite their road struggles in LA, are a much better all-around team than the Kings. A bet on the Blues tonight is one I would definitely endorse.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Los Angeles Kings in this one found them earlier as -126 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 2.8-2.6 result in favor of the Kings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

20-17-4 Los Angeles battles the Blues, currently with a 21-15-5 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 13-21-7 for the Kings and 18-15-8 for the Blues. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Los Angeles Kings sit at No. 13 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the St. Louis Blues sit at a No. 12 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 2.49 goals per game, against a Blues defense that ranks No. 23 at 3 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 17.8% while the Blues defense kills off 84.83% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blues were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at +102 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Stars on January 09. Bettors who backed the Stars at +137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Los Angeles's last 12 games
  • Los Angeles is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Los Angeles is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at San Jose, Saturday, January 14th
Los Angeles home to Winnipeg, Saturday, January 14th

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