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Bruins face Los Angeles Kings: NHL odds preview and stats

Boston Bruins

Los Angeles Kings
28-13-2 January 09, 2014, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center 26-13-5

Los Angeles will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Boston Bruins pay a visit to STAPLES Center.

The Kings sport a record of 26-13-5 heading into this matchup, while the Bruins sit at 28-13-2 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-21-11 for the Kings and 13-15-15 for the Bruins.

View Boston Bruins vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

The Bruins were listed as 124 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at BetOnline.

The Kings - Bruins odds would favor the Bruins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Los Angeles is rated No. 15 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 5.

In their last action, Boston was a 5-2 loser on the road against the Ducks. Bettors on Anaheim at -130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Wild at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Wild at +204 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 20-ranked offense (2.59 goals per game) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.19 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 14.97% rate while the Bruins have a 83.45% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Boston at San Jose, Saturday, January 11th
Los Angeles home to Detroit, Saturday, January 11th