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Kings streaking coming into matchup vs Habs

It’s a rematch of the 1993 Stanley Cup final when the Los Angeles Kings battle the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. The Kings are 5-1 SU in their last six and could be a smart moneyline wager for bettors.

Shark Bites
  • Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.
  • Montreal is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of the Canadiens’ last 13 games with a closing total of 5.5 or more.

Los Angeles has been pretty reliable to start the season and bettors should take notice. Their moneyline odds opened at +100 on Bovada. Another simple reason to take L.A. is Montreal’s record this season. The Habs are 1-7 SU in their last eight games and 1-11 ATS in their last 12 going back to last season. It could already be a lost season for Montreal and the Habs can’t consistently rely on all-world goaltender Carey Price to bail them out. If they plan to take this season seriously, this is a great place to start as the Canadiens are looking to string together wins for the first time this season.

Anyone taking the OVER on the 5.5 total in this game may want to reconsider. Montreal is having a very difficult time scoring goals early in the season, as evidenced by their 30th-ranked goals per game average of 1.89. Add in that the Kings have struggled to put the puck in the net with winger Jeff Carter out indefinitely and it may be the strategic play to take the UNDER instead.

Betting the Habs puckline is only for the big risk-takers in this matchup. Montreal’s -1.5 odds at +255 are very intriguing after their 5-1 win over Florida on Tuesday. If bettors are trying to get the best value, this may be the best way to secure the larger payout. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Los Angeles Kings were listed as +100 underdogs on the NHL moneyline earlier at Bet365. The OVER/UNDER total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.2-1.8 win for the Kings on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Los Angeles Kings vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens currently sport a record of 2-6-1. The Los Angeles Kings are 7-1-1. Betting totals have seen the Canadiens post a 6-2-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Kings have gone 4-4-1 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Canadiens sit at No. 19 in the current NHL power poll here at OddsShark, while the Kings sit at No. 5 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens' No. 30-ranked offense (2 goals per game) against a Los Angeles Kings defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.11 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens power play has clicked at a 13.89% rate while the Kings have a 91.18% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Senators on October 24. Bettors who backed the Kings at +120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Panthers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -134 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Montreal is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Montreal is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games
  • Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Boston, Saturday, October 28
Montreal home to New York, Saturday, October 28