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Where: Bell Centre
When: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have a non-conference NHL game to consider for Saturday when the Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadians meet for game one of their two-game season series. The Kings have lost two consecutive games and are 2-6-1 this season away from the STAPLES Center. Montreal has won three of its last five games and is 4-3-0 at the Bell Centre this season.
Kings Two Game Losing StreakThe Kings are off to a 5-10-1 start to its season and has lost four of its last five games and have been outscored 19-11 over those five games. Three of those four losses were on the road to the Blackhawks, Maple Leafs and Senators with a solid home win over Chicago sandwiched in between the four losses. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles in several offensive categories including points (15) and goals (4) as well as 11 assists to lead the Kings this season.
"Our net play wasn't good...We've got some work to do."— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 8, 2019
Todd McLellan gives an honest take after the LA Kings game in Ottawa ⤵ pic.twitter.com/eZmY70KNgW
Los Angeles has a 10 percent power-play success rate with a 70 percent penalty kill rate and both are near the bottom of the league.
Jonathan Quick is likely tending the twine and he’s 2-7-0 this season with a 4.40 GAA along with an 85 percent save percentage. Quick has lost four consecutive games including his last start, a 3-1 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs where the veteran netminder stopped 20 of 23 shots on goal.
Overtime Loss to FlyersMontreal is 8-5-1 this season and has won three of its last five games and has a zero goal differential over its past five games. The wins have come on the road against the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights with the losses to the Dallas Stars as well as the Philadelphia Flyers. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 13 points and a team high seven goals along with a club-high eight assists from Tomas Tater.
The Canadians rank 15th with a 20 percent power-play success rate with a 28th ranked penalty kill unit boasting a 72 percent kill rate.
Carey Price will likely guard the cage and he’s 7-4-2 with one shutout this season along with a 2.77 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Price is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers where he stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced this past Thursday night.
- Canadiens are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games.
- Canadiens are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite.
- Canadiens are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home favorite.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are
- Kings are 9-42 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Kings are 2-12 in their last 14 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Montreal is going to take the Kings to the woodshed on Saturday evening. They are a better team playing at home against a struggling Kings side that scores an average of 2.56 goals per game this season. Not to mention Los Angeles is 2-4-1 away from STAPLES Center. Quick is struggling to stop pucks and his blueline isn't helping much whereas Price just goes about his business and smiles because Montreal scores 3.5 goals per game.
I'm going with Montreal in this game.
Full-Game Total Pick
Six goals are about right for this contest. Montreal is going to score goals because nearly everyone has this season against Quick. Price, on most nights, is as good as it gets and he shouldn't have that many problems against a Kings' offense averaging 35.8 shots but only 2.56 goals per game.
I'm playing the UNDER in this matchup.
Prediction: Under 6.5 Goals