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It’s a Heavyweight showdown when LA hosts Tampa

A heavyweight matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings goes down tonight at Staples Center. These two teams will come to blows for the first time this season and both are at the top of their respective divisions. The Kings opened as a favorite and will need a tremendous effort to knock off the Lightning.

  • Tampa is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road.
  • Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy leads the NHL with 12 wins.
  • Los Angeles is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games.

Tampa is rolling to start the season and it all starts with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. The dynamite forwards are one and two in the NHL scoring race and decimated the Sharks yesterday 5-1. The Lightning are 8-2 SU in their last 10 and have been a great puckline bet for bettors as they’re 6-1 ATS in seven road games. There’s no real edge when it comes to W-L record but Tampa’s +1.5 puckline is the safe pick in this contest.

The Kings have been dominant this year and have yet to be defeated in regulation at home. The one crack in their armor is they’re 4-3 ATS in seven games at Staples Center and dropped some tough games last week against Western Conference foes St. Louis and Nashville. But no critics can say it’s because of Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick. The netminder is second in the NHL in save percentage (.937) and in GAA (2.06). After being limited to only 17 games last season, he has been the difference maker for the resurgent Kings looking to win their third Stanley Cup. If backers want to stick with their Kings, consider their moneyline, which opened at a reasonable -137.

OVER bettors were licking their chops when they saw this game on the schedule. The total opened at 5.5 and all the trends are pointing to the OVER. The total has gone OVER in four of LA’s last five games and in four of Tampa’s last five games on the road. When you take into account that Tampa leads the league in scoring (4 goals per game) and the Kings aren’t far behind (3.47 goals per game), this game is shaping up to be a score-fest in Hollywood.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen them go 12-2-2 so far this season, while the Kings are at 11-2-2. In totals betting, the Los Angeles Kings are 8-6-1, while the Lightning are 10-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 6-ranked Kings and the No. 1-rated Lightning in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 3.47 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.69 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 18.87% while the Lightning defense kills off 83.05% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Sharks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at +107 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Ducks. Bettors on Los Angeles at -119 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 18 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Los Angeles is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Anaheim, Sunday, November 12
Los Angeles home to San Jose, Sunday, November 12