Minnesota Wild (-110) vs. Los Angeles Kings (-110)
NHL: Saturday, November 3, 2018,7:30 PM ET at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild, in second place in the Central Division with an 8-4-2 record (18 points), travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Kings, currently in the last place in the Pacific Division with a 5-8-1 record (11 points). Los Angeles interest is game struggling as they have lost seven of their last 10 games while Minnesota is on a roll, winners of seven of their last 10.
Minnesota Holding Own on Seven Game Road Trip
Despite losing on Tuesday to the San Jose Sharks, the Minnesota Wild find themselves at 2-2-0 through the first seven games of their road trip. The loss to San Jose was the first of three games in California, as Minnesota will face back-to-back nights in Southern California beginning with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
The Sharks would jump out to a 2-0 lead before Zach Parise would score his fifth goal of the year. With San Jose leading 3-1 heading into the third period, the Wild would get goals from Jared Spurgeon and Matt Dumba to tie the game, but Barclay Goodrow would score the game-winner a little more than seven minutes into the final frame to give San Jose the victory.
Mikko Koivu broke a four-game pointless streak with two assists in the contest. Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 of 22 shots he faced. Granlund was held off the scoresheet in the loss to San Jose, breaking a streak of 10 straight games where he had at least one point.
Minnesota is connecting on 19.6% of their power plays and are fourth in penalty killing at 85.2%. The Wild are averaging 3.07 goals per game while giving up on average 2.79.
Minnesota is led in scoring by Mikael Granlund (6 goals, 7 assists), Ryan Suter (3 goals, 10 assists), and Parise (5 goals, 8 assists) who each have 13 points. Dubnyk will get the start. He has made 11 appearances this season, posting a 6-3-2 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
Kings Looking to Gain Momentum During Homestand
The Los Angeles Kings have won three of the first four games of their seven-game homestand, including a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has scored four goals in each of their three victories.
The Kings would jump out to a 3-0 lead, thanks to two goals in the first in a goal early in the second. Ilya Kovalchuk had an assist and a goal during the early run and would add a third-period assist as well to help lead the offense. Jack Campbell stopped 30 of 31 shots for the victory.
The Kings are struggling to score this season, averaging 2.29 goals per game while allowing 3.29. Los Angeles is connecting on 16.7% of their power-play opportunities while killing off 82.9% of penalty killing, eighth in the NHL.
Kovalchuk is leading the team in scoring with 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists). He now has points in four straight games (3 goals, 6 assists). Campbell is expected to be in the net. He has a 5-5-0 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. Campbell has victories in each of his last two starts and has won three of his last four starts.
- Kings are 1-9 in their last 10 games against Western Conference opponents.
- Kings are 2-8 in their last 10 games against teams with a winning record.
- Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 games at home when facing a team with a losing record on the road.
- Wild are 7-2 in their last nine games.
- Wild are 9-3 in their last 12 games against teams with a losing record.
- Wild are 4-11 in their last 15 games on the road.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Each of these teams is playing well of late. Campbell has allowed a single goal in each of his last two starts, and he should be a big factor in this contest. The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings in this series and the Kings are 5-1 in the last six meetings in Los Angeles. Look for a low-scoring affair.
Prediction: Los Angeles Kings
Full-Game Total Pick
This is going to be a battle of two goaltenders who are both playing well of late. Combined, these two teams are averaging just over five goals per game and Los Angeles has scored four goals in each of their last two contests. However, they are facing a Minnesota goaltender who has been exceptional in the net as well. Go with the under.
Prediction: Go Under 5.5 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
Los Angeles has finally found a formula to help them win some games at home. That has been them getting out on top early as they did against Anaheim. Look for Los Angeles to get a goal in the first as they scored two in the first periods against the Ducks.
Prediction: Los Angeles scores in the first
Half-Time Side Pick
At least one goal has been scored in the first period in the first four games of this road trip for Minnesota. Nine goals have been scored in all, with at least two being scored in three of those four games. That makes the over the safe bet here as well.
Prediction: Go with over in the first period.