The Staples Center is the site for an enticing clash as the Columbus Blue Jackets square off against the Los Angeles Kings. It’s the last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The opening face-off takes place at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, January 6, and you will be able to view this East-West matchup live on Fox Sports West.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Columbus (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Los Angeles (-115), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -125 under, +105 over.
Columbus is 19-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team this season, the Jackets are 7-12 SU.
Columbus has converted on just 16.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 16th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.8 percent of all penalties.
The Jackets, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.3 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over its past five contests total, and 3.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
With a .913 save percentage and 25.7 saves per game, Joonas Korpisalo (17-15-5) has been the best option in goal for Columbus this season. If head coach John Tortorella chooses to rest him, however, the team may go with Elvis Merzlikins (2-11-5), who has a .904 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year.
Pierre-Luc Dubois and Gustav Nyquist will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Blue Jackets. Dubois (28 points) has tallied 14 goals and 14 assists, and has recorded multiple points five times. Nyquist has nine goals and 19 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 21 games).
Over on the other bench, Los Angeles is 17-26 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 43 regular season outings, 24 of its games have gone under the total, while 17 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 11-9 SU as the home team this year.
The Kings have converted on just 14.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.6 percent of all penalties.
The Kings have been penalized 3.4 times per game this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five match ups. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Quick (25.6 saves per game) has been the top option in the crease for the Kings. Quick has 11 wins, 17 losses, and two OT losses to his credit and has registered a poor .894 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this year.
Anze Kopitar (15 goals, 22 assists) will lead the attack for the Kings.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under
Four of Los Angeles’ last five games gone under the total.
Over Columbus’ last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-0 in those games).
Columbus skaters recorded 23.0 hits per game last season, while the Kings posted 23.3 hits per contest.