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Avs Hope to Rebound at Kings Tonight

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The Los Angeles Kings will look to find a bit of consistency when they host the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night. Following a four-game win streak to end December, the Kings have posted a middling record of 6-4-1 in 11 January games, but still hold a lead over the San Jose Sharks.

Shark Bites
  • The Avalanche are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games following a loss in their previous outing.
  • UNDER is 5-2 in the Kings’ last seven home games in January.
  • The Kings are 1-4 SU in their last five games following a win in their previous outing.

The Kings, presently -203 at online book BetOnline, will be desperate to stave off the rapidly charging Sharks, who have won eight of their last 10 games, closing the Kings’ Pacific Division lead to seven points heading into Wednesday night’s NHL schedule.

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado’s regular No. 1 netminder, has already been sorely missed and will continue to be absent while he is a defendant in a domestic violence trial from a 2013 charge brought by his ex-girlfriend.

The Avalanche had a four-game winning streak snapped by those Sharks losing 6-1 Tuesday night in San Jose. Calvin Pickard and Roman Will allowed five goals on just 23 San Jose shots in defeat. The Avs, however, will be buoyed by the fact that they defeated the Kings by a score of 4-1 the last time these teams met earlier this month.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Los Angeles Kings in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -201 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Wednesday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.2-2 victory for the Avalanche. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Colorado Avalanche will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 26-21-3 this season, while the Kings are 30-15-3. Colorado is 23-27-1 against the total, while Los Angeles is 12-19-17 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Colorado injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 11-rated Colorado Avalanche taking on the No. 3-rated Los Angeles Kings in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 2.62 goals per game, against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.73 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 21.64% while the Avalanche defense kills off 78.21% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 6-1 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -164 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Sharks on January 24. Bettors who backed the Kings at +116 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Next Betting Matchups

Colorado home to Chicago, Tuesday, February 2nd
Los Angeles at Arizona, Tuesday, February 2nd