St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings betting preview:
Blues at Kings Preview: The Blues come into this one, one point out of first place in the western division behind only the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
They have also won three of their last four games and Blues fans, coaches, staff and players will all be rejoicing soon enough as Vladimir Tarasenko is nearing his return to the ice with every passing minute and if they are winning and playing at a high level without him imagine what they’re going to do with him when he finally returns from his nagging shoulder injury.
The Kings come in as the biggest roller coaster team so far this season. One minute they’re on a six game win streak and the next they’ve lost three in a row. Other than the first line, this Kings team isn’t really ready to make much noise this season.
They also need to clear up their foggy, murky goalie situation because Jonathan Quick is not who he once was and Calvin Petersen isn’t getting enough playing time to solidify himself as their goalie for the future yet.
Los Angeles Kings betting preview: Roller coaster continues
The Kings come into this game with an overall record of 9-8-4, good for 22 points and 6th place in the western division. The Kings are in one of their 2021 season ruts right now after dropping two straight to the Minnesota Wild and then another one to the Arizona Coyotes.
Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown have been beacons of hope this season, both leading the team in points, Kopitar leads the team with 24 points, 20 of those are assists and Brown is second on the team with 17 points.
The Kings are a top two team in the NHL when it comes to against the spread record, their against the spread record is 16-5 only behind the Winnipeg Jets. The Kings do lead this season series 3-2 but the Blues have been rolling since last Friday.
If the Kings can get their third and fourth lines more involved and work on their power play they can be a dangerous team come playoff stretch due to their veterans and their experience in those important moments.
St. Louis Blues Betting preview: Not singing the Blues at all
The Blues come into this game with an overall record of 13-8-2, totaling 29 points on the season. The Blues have had a pretty decent year two years removed from lifting lord Stanley’s cup in 2019.
The Blues have had a major push from veteran forward David Perron who leads the team in points, assists, and shots on goal.
The Blues are the second to worst team in the league against the spread record wise, they are 6-17 against the spread this year and a top ten team in general record wise.
I have a suspicion that’s because they have been favored by 1.5 goals for the majority of their games this season. I think the Blues win this game but don’t cover, moving their ATS record to 6-18 but moving their actual record to 14-8.
St. Louis vs Los Angeles odds and lines:
(Sportsbook here) has opened the odds with the Blues favored by 1.5 goals with the over/under set at 5.5.
Free pick of the night:
My free pick of the night is Blues winning this game in regulation with the odds set at +110.