Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and the Los Angeles Kings are set to do battle against Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in a cross-country matchup. NBC Sports Philadelphia will air the game, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
With a moneyline of -180, Philadelphia heads into the matchup as the heavy favorite. The line for Los Angeles sits at +160, and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 money on the under, +100 on the over).
Philadelphia is 25-23 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a welcome improvement over the 37-45 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Among the team’s 48 games this season, 25 have gone over the total, while 22 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 15-8 SU at home.
The Flyers have converted on 18.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
Sporting a .905 save percentage and 22.1 saves per game, Carter Hart (15-17-3) has been the best option in goal for the Flyers this season. If Philadelphia decides to rest him, however, the team might roll with Brian Elliott (10-12-12 record, .897 save percentage, 3.14 goals against average).
On the visiting bench, Los Angeles is 18-31 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 26 of its outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Kings are 7-20 SU as the road team this season.
The Kings have converted on just 16.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s ranked 26th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Quick (3.01 goals against average and .896 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick is averaging 25.8 saves per game and owns an 11-20-3 record.
Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
Power plays and penalty kills may play a critical role in the outcome of this one. The Kings are 6-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 14-24 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Flyers are 11-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 16-18 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Philadelphia (5-5 in shootouts) has significantly more shootout experience coming into this one. Los Angeles is winless in two shootouts this year.
Philadelphia might have an advantage if it’s a close one late. The team’s 14-9 in games decided by one goal, while Los Angeles is 9-14 in such games.
Los Angeles is ranked 15th this season with 10.2 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down lately, however, as the team’s averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.0 giveaways over its last five.
Philadelphia is ranked 14th this season with 10.0 giveaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as it’s averaged 8.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.4 giveaways over its last five.