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Capitals vs Kings Hockey Game Preview

Washington Capitals

Los Angeles Kings
33-27-10 March 20, 2014, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center 38-25-6

The Los Angeles Kings battle the visiting Washington Capitals on Thursday in NHL betting action at STAPLES Center.

The Capitals will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 33-27-10 this season, while the Kings are 38-25-6. Washington is 34-36 on the totals; Los Angeles is 18-35-16.View Washington Capitals vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

The Capitals were listed as 157 underdogs on the hockey moneyline earlier at Bovada. The total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 4-rated Capitals taking on the No. 10-rated Kings in this contest.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Ducks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at +160 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-3 loser at home against the Coyotes. Bettors on Phoenix at +156 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 25-ranked offense (2.43 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 25 at 2.99 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 15.1% rate while the Capitals have a 81.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Washington at San Jose, Saturday, March 22nd
Los Angeles home to Florida, Saturday, March 22nd