Ottawa Senators vs. Los Angeles Kings Matchup Preview 12/7/17

Last Updated: 2017-12-07

The Staples Center plays host to a cross-continent clash as the Ottawa Senators pay a visit to the City of Angels to face the Los Angeles Kings. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The match will get going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and you’ll be able to catch the game live on Fox Sports West.

Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings Odds

The Kings are 18-11 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 5.0 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the league in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 39-43 record from last year’s regular season campaign. 16 of the team’s 29 outings have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 8-7 SU at home this season.

Los Angeles has converted on 17.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 89.6 percent of all penalties.

As a team, Los Angeles has been called for penalties 4.0 times per game overall this season, and 3.3 per game over its past ten contests. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for just 7.8 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.

With a .929 save percentage and 28.0 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (14-9-1) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Kings this year. If they, however, decide to give him a rest, the team may go with Darcy Kuemper (4-4-4 record, .944 save percentage, 1.72 goals against average).

Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will both lead the way for the Kings. Kopitar (34 points) is up to 15 goals and 19 assists and has recorded two or more points on eight separate occasions this year. Brown has 11 goals and 13 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 15 games.

Over on the other bench, Ottawa is 9-16 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 25 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. Ottawa’s 5-6 SU as the road team this season.

Ottawa has converted on just 16.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.7 percent of all penalties.

Ottawa’s players have been whistled for penalties only 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (.895 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 23.8 saves per game and owns an 8-12-3 record.

Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone (14 goals, 11 assists) and Mike Hoffman (nine goals, 11 assists).

Ottawa Senators at Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes

Ottawa (1-4 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. Los Angeles, however, emerged victorious in both of its shootouts this year.

The total has gone under in three of Los Angeles’ last five games.

Los Angeles has averaged 3.8 goals per game (while giving up just 1.3) over its six-game winning streak.

Five of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 0-5 in those games.

This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Ottawa skaters have accounted for the 10th-most hits in the league (22.6 per game) and the Kings have handed the fifth-most (24.3).

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