The Los Angeles Kings hit the road for a six-game east coast road trip that begins tonight in New Jersey. They've lost three-straight games, but have a good opportunity to snap that streak when they take on the Devils.
New Jersey is 5-5 in its last 10 games, but comes off a huge upset win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night. This will serve as the second leg of a back-to-back for the Devils.
This is the second meeting between these two teams, with the Kings winning 3-2 in overtime in their first matchup of the season on November 5th. Let's take a look at the odds via WynnBET for tonight's rematch.
Kings vs. Devils Odds and Total
- Kings -150
- Devils +130
- Kings -1.5 (+180)
- Devils +1.5 (-220)
- 5.5 (Over -120/Under +100)
Kings vs. Devils Betting Trends
- The UNDER is 8-3 in the Kings' last 11 road games.
- Kings are 5-1 in their last six games vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
- The OVER is 10-4 in the Devils' last 14 games.
- The Devils are 1-8 in their last nine games vs. Western Conference opponents.
Kings vs. Devils Prediction and Pick
I've lost two-straight bets on the Kings, but I'm not going to let that slow me down. I still truly believe that they are a good hockey team that has had bad luck when it comes to shooting percentage and goaltender performance. In the first couple of months of the season, the Kings did everything well except for finding the back of the net. Now, their shooting woes have been fixed, but they're experiencing issues with their goaltending.
When everything comes together for Los Angeles, they're going to go on a run.
The Kings rank third in the NHL in both CORSI% and expected goals per 60 minutes. Meanwhile, the Devils rank 21st and 16th in those two stats. New Jersey is one of the few teams who are experiencing even worse goaltending problems than Los Angeles. The Devils are 31st in the league in team save percentage at 88.77%. This is a fantastic bounce back spot for the Kings, especially with New Jersey coming off an emotional upset win last night.