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Los Angeles Kings home to Blue Jackets in hockey betting action

Columbus Blue Jackets

Los Angeles Kings
29-23-4 February 06, 2014, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center 30-22-6

The Kings get a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets in hockey action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Los Angeles will face the 29-23-4 Blue Jackets. In totals betting, the Kings are 15-28-15 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Blue Jackets are 30-22-4 favoring the OVER.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

The Kings were listed earlier today as -168 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. 23 and the Blue Jackets sitting at No. 8.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Ducks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +152 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Blackhawks on February 3. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -108 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 27-ranked offense (2.36 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.79 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 14.01% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 81.22% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Columbus at San Jose, Friday, February 7th
Los Angeles at Colorado, Wednesday, February 26th