Two teams that have hit the ground running this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings face off at the Staples Center in an East-versus-West showdown. This one will get underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9 and it will be showcased live on Sportsnet.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Earning 6.8 units for moneyline bettors, Los Angeles is 11-4 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That win percentage, ranked second in the league so far this season, is a welcome improvement compared to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (39-43). Of the team’s 15 games this season, eight have gone over the total, while six have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 5-2 SU at home thus far.
The Kings have converted on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated first overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 92.6 percent of all penalties.
The Kings, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, a number that is up from the 3.7 penalties per game they were whistled for last year. After serving an average of 9.2 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 10.2 minutes per matchup this year.
Sporting a .937 save percentage and 31.2 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (9-3-1) has been the top goalkeeper for the Kings this season. If head coach John Stevens decides to give him the night off, however, Los Angeles could turn to Darcy Kuemper (2-2-2 record, .908 save percentage, 2.53 goals against average).
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Kings. Kopitar (19 points) has tallied eight goals and 11 assists and has recorded multiple points on five different occasions this year. Brown has seven goals and eight assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in seven games.
Tampa Bay is 11-4 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.7 units this season. Through 15 regular season matches, nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. The Lightning are 4-2 SU as the away team this season.
The Lightning enter the matchup with the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve converted on 28.8 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 10th overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Tampa Bay’s players have been penalized 4.7 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 4.3, which was the third-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 10.7 penalty minutes per game a year ago (third-most in the league), the team’s had to kill penalties for 10.1 minutes per matchup this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (31.1 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy has 11 wins, two losses, and one OT loss to his credit, while registering a .924 save percentage and 2.52 goals against average this year.
Steven Stamkos (seven goals, 18 assists) has been one of the most vital playmaking threats for the visiting Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under
The over has hit in four of Los Angeles’ last five games.
Five of Tampa Bay’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-1 in those games.
The Kings this season have handed the sixth-most hits per game (24.1).
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