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Los Angeles Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets Preview

Columbus Blue JacketsLos Angeles Kings
April 18, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Los Angeles Kings Odds

21-16-7TEAM RECORD24-14-5

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Columbus duelling Los Angeles on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles battles the Blue Jackets, currently with a 21-16-7 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 18-15-10 for the Kings and 16-24-4 for the Blue Jackets.

View Columbus vs Los Angeles Odds and Stats.

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

Power Rankings:
The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 22-rated Blue Jackets taking on the No. 5-rated Kings in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles' No. 9-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 20.3% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 83.9% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Ducks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +135 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -107 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Columbus Blue Jackets Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing San Jose are 3-7
After playing Anaheim are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Los Angeles Kings Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 5-5
After playing San Jose are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Blue Jackets at Kings trends to consider:
Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus' last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
Columbus is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Los Angeles is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games at home
Los Angeles is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Columbus
Los Angeles is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Los Angeles' last 6 games at home

Next up:
Columbus at San Jose, Sunday, April 21
Los Angeles home to Dallas, Sunday, April 21

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