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NHL: Kings Excelling on Home Ice

Anze Kopitar

The bright lights of the STAPLES Center have been kind to the Kings as they have gone 11-3 in their last 14 games in Los Angeles. The defensive effort has been a big reason for their hot play at home as the Kings have allowed just two goals per game in their last 14 games at the STAPLES Center. The Kings will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, who are in their second leg of a three-game California road trip.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 15-7 in the Leafs' last 22 road games.
  • The Kings are 2-4-1 in their last seven games hosting the Leafs.
  • In 41 career games against the Leafs, Milan Lucic has 29 points and a +13 rating..

The Kings acquired Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick on Wednesday. LA was looking to bolster their physicality on defense as Matt Greene has spent most of the season on injured reserve. Schenn will make his debut for his new team against the team that originally drafted him fifth overall in 2008.

The Leafs started their California road trip off in victorious fashion with a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday. Coach Mike Babcock said that Jonathan Bernier would get a rest on Thursday, after starting eight consecutive games, with James Reimer expected to start. Reimer has not started since December 3, as he has been nursing a groin injury. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Los Angeles sat as -211 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.1-2.9 victory for the Kings. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Kings bring a 25-12-2 record to the battle against the 16-15-7 Maple Leafs. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 10-15-14 so far and the Maple Leafs go 15-18-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Toronto injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-ranked Los Angeles Kings and the No. 7-rated Toronto Maple Leafs in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Los Angeles's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 2.69 goals per game, against a Maple Leafs defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.71 goals allowed. The Kings power play is averaging 20.72% while the Maple Leafs defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Toronto won its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Ducks on January 06. Bettors who backed the Maple Leafs at +144 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Avalanche on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Avalanche at +110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Toronto's last 22 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Los Angeles is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 7 games when playing Toronto
  • Los Angeles is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at San Jose, Saturday, January 9th
Los Angeles home to St. Louis, Saturday, January 9th