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Los Angeles Kings host Colorado Avalanche in hockey action

Colorado Avalanche

Los Angeles Kings
23-10-1 December 21, 2013, 04:00 PM | STAPLES Center 24-8-4

NHL wagering interest swings to the Los Angeles vs Colorado battle on Saturday at STAPLES Center as the Kings try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Kings sit at 24-8-4 on the season; in comparison, the Avalanche are currently 23-10-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Los Angeles is 11-18-7 OU, and Colorado is 14-19-1 OU.

View Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Colorado before puck drop in this match found them as 157-moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, ccording to BetOnline.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Kings at No. 6 and the Avalanche at No. 27 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Colorado, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Oilers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Avalanche at -180 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Kings were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sharks. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -117 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 10-ranked offense (2.81 goals per game) against a Avalanche defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.35 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 16% rate while the Avalanche have a 81.13% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Avalanche at Kings trends to consider:
Colorado is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games on the road
Colorado is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
Colorado is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games at home
Los Angeles is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Colorado

Next up:
Colorado at San Jose, Monday, December 23rd
Los Angeles home to Dallas, Monday, December 23rd