Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings Free Pick 11/8/18

 

Last Updated: 2018-11-08

Two of the league’s best at killing off power plays, the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings clash at the Staples Center. Fox Sports West will air this Western Conference matchup, and the opening face-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 8.

Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings Odds

The money line for either team is currently set at an identical -110, and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.

Minnesota is 8-6 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.3 units this year. Through 14 regular season matches, seven of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. The Wild are 3-4 SU as an away team in 2018-19.

Minnesota has scored on 19.6 percent of its power play opportunities thus far. That mark hasn’t moved too much from last season, when it was ranked 16th in the NHL by scoring on 20.6 percent of its extra-man chances. Its penalty kill has gotten stronger year-over-year, as the team’s gone from successfully defending 80.9 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 12th overall last season) to 85.2 percent this year.

Minnesota, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.7 times per game this season, a number that’s jumped some from last year’s 3.8 penalties per game. After serving an average of 8.6 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for 10.1 minutes per outing this season.

Averaging 30.2 saves per game with a .930 save percentage, Devan Dubnyk (6-5-2) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota this year. If it decides to rest him, however, head coach Bruce Boudreau may roll with Alex Stalock (2-1 record, .895 save percentage, 3.30 goals against average).

The visiting Wild have relied on Mikael Granlund and Ryan Suter this year. Granlund (13 points) has tallied six goals and seven assists, and has recorded two or more points in three different games. Suter has three goals and 10 assists to his nameand has registered at least one point in seven games.

Los Angeles is 5-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. Seven of its matches have gone under the total, while six have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 4-4 SU as the home team.

Los Angeles has converted on 16.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Los Angeles players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.7 times per game this season, a number that’s pretty close to the 3.8 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 8.8 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 9.1 minutes per matchup this season.

Jack Campbell has stopped 24.5 shots per game as the primary option in goal for Los Angeles. Campbell has five wins and six losses to his name and has recorded a .918 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average this season.

The home team offense will be led by Ilya Kovalchuk (five goals, nine assists).

Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Trends

Four of Minnesota’s last five outings have gone over the total.

The Kings are 2-6 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 2-7 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.

After posting a 3-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, Minnesota is off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this season. Los Angeles went 2-1 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.

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