Two teams riding winning streaks, the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings meet at the Staples Center. This Western Conference matchup will get started at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, and it can be watched live on Fox Sports North.
Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Minnesota is 34-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.1 units this season. 32 of its outings have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just five have pushed. The Wild are 15-17 SU as an away team in 2019-20.
Minnesota has converted on 21.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off only 76.4 percent of all penalties.
The Wild, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .913 save percentage and 25.9 saves per game, Alex Stalock (21-16-4) has been the top option in goal for Minnesota this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Devan Dubnyk (11-18-2), who has a .892 save percentage and 3.34 goals against average this year.
Kevin Fiala and Ryan Suter will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Wild. Fiala (52 points) has tallied 21 goals and 31 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 13 different games. Suter has eight goals and 39 assists to his creditand has notched at least one point in 34 games.
On the other side of the ice, Los Angeles is 26-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 36 of its contests have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just five have pushed. It’s 16-15 SU as the home team this year.
The Kings have converted on just 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.6 percent of all penalties.
Kings players have been called for penalties only 3.1 times per game this season, 2.8 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jonathan Quick (26.5 saves per game) has been the top choice in the crease for the Kings. Quick has 15 wins, 26 losses, and four OT losses to his credit and has registered a mediocre 2.83 goals against average and a fairly-weak .903 save percentage this season.
Anze Kopitar (20 goals, 39 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the Kings.
Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under
Six of Minnesota’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
Power plays and penalty kills may prove to be key in the outcome of this matchup. The Wild are 17-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 24-21 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Kings are 8-16 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 19-33 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
Minnesota is 2-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Los Angeles is 1-3 in shootouts.
Los Angeles has allowed 3.1 goals per game overall this year, but is giving up only 0.8 per match up over its four-game win streak.
Minnesota has averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 6.7 giveaways per game (ranked first overall).
Los Angeles skaters have averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.0 giveaways per game (ranked 16th in the NHL).