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Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings,
2-22-2018 - Prediction & Preview

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#71 Dallas
Stars 5.5
#72 Los Angeles
Kings -135

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:35pm

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Game Stats

Dallas Stars

34 - 25

34-25
ATS
32-25
O/U
3
PPG
2
OPPG

Los Angeles Kings

33 - 27

33-27
ATS
27-30
O/U
2
PPG
2
OPPG

Dallas Stars (28–31 ATS) at Los Angeles Kings (31–29 ATS)

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, Staples Center

The NHL will have a ton of games on the schedule for Thursday, capping off with our game, Dallas versus Los Angeles. It will be their second meeting of the year, with LA winning the first game 3–0. Face-off is set for 10:30 P.M ET.

Stars Currently In Playoff Spot

Besides having an impressive social media team, the Dallas Stars are playing well with a 34-22-2 on the season. They rank No.3 in the Central Division and currently hold the sixth spot in the Western Conference Playoffs. Most recently, the Stars have been playing some really good hockey. In their last eight games, they’ve won six times but did drop their most recent game.

Overall, their defense has been the unit keeping them alive this year. They currently rank fifth in the entire NHL in goals allowed (2.6) and seventh in penalty kill percentage. Their current goalie, Kari Lehtonen, has been standing on his head for a while now. Through 20 games, he ranks No.4 in the NHL in GAA and No.14 in save percentage. He is expected to start on Thursday.

Kings On Hot Streak

Like the Dallas Stars, the Los Angeles Kings have been playing very good lately. They currently have a 33-22-5 record overall and are right in the thick of the Western Conference Wild Card race. Most recently, they’ve won three straight games.

Also like Dallas, the Kings have one of the best defensive units in the entire league. They sit in the No.2 spot in goals allowed and No.5 in penalty kill percentage. A large part of their success is due to Jonathan Quick, their goalie. He is expected to be in goal on Thursday and has three shutouts on the season. In addition, the old veteran ranks No.12 in GAA and save percentage.

Unfortunately, Trevor Lewis, who has played in 54 games for LA this year, is out for Thursday’s game.

Trends:

DAL:

  • N/A

LAK:

  • 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference.
  • 7-1 in their last 8 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.

The NHL will have a ton of games on the schedule for Thursday, capping off with our game, Dallas versus Los Angeles. It will be their second meeting of the year, with LA winning the first game 3–0. Face-off is set for 10:30 P.M ET.

Betting-wise, the Kings are the way to roll. They are riding a killer hot streak and will benefit from having a hot goalie and home-ice advantage.

Pick: Los Angeles Kings

Casey P.

Casey Pazzalia is a former Division-II athlete and New York native. With nearly 10 years of experience, Casey picks from a contrarian viewpoint and has done it all in the sports gambling business. A family man, Casey now resides in the DMV area and contributes to many sports media outlets.

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