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Islanders open as moneyline underdog vs Kings

Los Angeles Kings

New York Islanders
11-6-1 November 14, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nassau Coliseum 7-9-3

New York will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Los Angeles Kings pay a visit to Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders currently sport a record of 7-9-3. The Kings are 11-6-1. Betting totals have seen the Islanders post a 11-7-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Kings have gone 8-8-2 against the number.

View Los Angeles Kings vs New York Islanders Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Islanders in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 100 on most hockey betting menus early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Islanders rated this week at No. 17 and the Kings sitting at No. 11.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Sabres on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sabres at +168 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

The Islanders were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -122 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 12-ranked offense (2.84 goals per game) against a Kings defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.44 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 20.31% rate while the Kings have a 80.28% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Kings at Islanders trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
Los Angeles is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 6 games on the road
Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing NY Islanders
NY Islanders is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Islanders's last 12 games
NY Islanders is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
NY Islanders is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Los Angeles

Next up:
Los Angeles at New Jersey, Friday, November 15th
New York home to Detroit, Saturday, November 16th