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Kings take to the ice against Stars

The Los Angeles Kings will be looking to pay off against the Dallas Stars for the second time this season on Monday night as those teams meet in NHL betting action at Staples Center.

Los Angeles topped Dallas 5-2 as a -180 home favorite on the NHL odds in their first meeting of the season back on October 19. That result improved the OVER to 6-1-1 in the past eight games between the Kings and Stars dating back to January 2012.

The Kings sit at 25-8-4 on the season; in comparison, the Stars are currently 17-12-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 11-18-8 OU, and Dallas is 18-15-2 OU.

View Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Dallas before puck drop in this match found them as 186-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kings rated this week at No. 9 and the Stars sitting at No. 17.

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Last time out for Dallas, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -195 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Avalanche on December 21. Bettors who backed the Kings at -170 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 10-ranked offense (2.81 goals per game) against a Stars defense that ranks No. 23 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 15.75% rate while the Stars have a 81.82% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Dallas home to Nashville, Friday, December 27th
Los Angeles at Nashville, Saturday, December 28th