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Kings host the Wild at Staples Center

The Los Angeles Kings were edged by the Minnesota Wild at home in the most recent meeting between the two teams as the Western Conference clubs hit the ice together on Monday.

The Kings fell 2-1 at the Staples Center against the Wild when the teams last met on January 7 despite being a -224 home favorite on the NHL betting lines for the contest. The OVER/UNDER is just 0-3-1 in their four most recent meetings.

This season the Kings are 44-25-6 overall while the Wild are 38-26-11. As for the totals, Los Angeles is 20-37-18 on the OU, and Minnesota is 24-33-18.

View Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

The Kings were listed earlier today as -178 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Kings rated this week at No. 2 and the Wild sitting at No. 13.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 3-1 winner on the road against the Coyotes. Bettors on Minnesota at +115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Jets on March 29. Bettors who backed the Kings at -205 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 22-ranked offense (2.52 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.52 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 15.21% rate while the Wild have a 78.95% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Minnesota at Chicago, Thursday, April 3rd
Los Angeles home to Phoenix, Wednesday, April 2nd