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The Los Angeles Kings (18-25-4, 40 points) visit North Florida on Tuesday for an NHL battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning (27-14-4, 58 points). The Kings arrive in Tampa coming off a 2-0 shutout defeat at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Los Angeles is in 7th place in the Pacific Division well off the pace for the postseason.
Tampa Bayis in a completely different place as the Lightning have moved up the standings in the Atlantic division and sit in second place just seven points behind the first-place Boston Bruins. Tampa Bay had a slight setback in its last outing losing to the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Sunday night snapping a 10-game winning streak for the Lightning.
Los Angeles Must Find ScoringThe Los Angeles Kings continue to have problems scoring goals. In their latest outing the Kings were shut out by Carolina 3-0 on Saturday. Los Angeles has lost four out of its last five and during those five games the Kings managed to score just 9 goals with five of the nine goals in one game when they beat Vegas 5-2.
👀 what were your top 5 LA Kings plays of the last week?https://t.co/mnwLENzmz9— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 13, 2020
The leading scorer for Los Angeles is Anze Kopitar with 16 goals. The Kings’ center also leads in assists with 24 and points with 40. Los Angeles is averaging just 2.51 goals-per-game and are allowing an average of 3.09 goals-per-game. It is obvious you can't win if you're scoring half a goal less on average per game. The Los Angeles anemic power play is just 15.1% while the penalty kill is a poor 75%.
Lightning Look to Start Another Winning StreakTampa Bay just had its 10-game winning streak snapped but because of that winning streak the Lightning shot up the standings in the Atlantic division and are within seven points of first place. Tampa Bay lost to the New Jersey Devils 3 to 1 on Sunday with Tampa's only goal scored by Tyler Johnson. Curtis McElhinney stopped 17 shots in net. The leading goal scorer for Tampa Bay is Brayden Point with 18 goals while Nikita Kucherov is the leader in assists with 32 and in points with 49. Tampa Bay allows just 2.89 goals-per-game and are scoring an average of 3.58 goals per game. The Lightning have a strong power play at 27.8% while penalty kill is 83.4%.
- Tampa Bay is 5-0 in the last five at home
- The Lightning is 5-1 in the last six playing at home against LA
- Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last five
- The Kings are 1-5 in the last six when playing against Tampa Bay on the road
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Tampa Bay is having a far better season than is Los Angeles. This game should be a cakewalk for the Lightning over the visiting road-weary Kings.Tampa Bay is averaging over one goal more per game then is Los Angeles and the Lightning are allowing fewer goals per game then the Kings. Los Angeles has a poor power-play and an even poorer penalty kill while Tampa Bay thrives on both.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Kings do not average very many goals per game at just 2.51, Tampa Bay is scoring at a rate of 3.58 goals per game and well pressure the poor Los Angeles defense from the start creating ample opportunities for this game to finish over. The total has gone over in four of Tampa Bay's last five head-to-head with Los Angeles.