The Kings have had an up-and-down season, to say the least. They started the season 1-4 through five games, two of those losses were back to back to this same Wild team, then started to pick it up little by little, but now they’re rolling after getting their sixth win in a row.
Including a shutout 4-0 victory against the Wild last Tuesday. The Kings are clicking on all cylinders right now.
The Wild are on a winning streak of their own of four games in a row. Not only have they won four in a row but they’ve beaten those four teams by two or more goals in all four of their wins.
Both teams are on fire so something has to break, either the Wild scoring at will the past week or the great goaltending the Kings have gotten from Jonathan Quick and Calvin Peterson who have combined given up 5 goals in the last 5 games.
Kings at Wild Preview: First line of 2021
The Kings have won six in a row thanks to the stellar goaltending they’ve had in the past week from Veteran, Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick and perennial back-up Calvin Peterson.
Calvin Peterson is putting up better numbers than Jonathan Quick this season, Peterson is posting a .93% save percentage with 2.3 goals-against average. Jonathan Quick is posting 2.8 goals against and a .90 save percentage.
So the Kings have a good problem, they have two very good goalies when most teams don’t have one.
The first line of the Kings has really stepped up the past two weeks. They’ve had the same first line since they won the Stanley Cup back in 2011. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, and Jeff Carter have all combined for 12 points in the past seven days for the Kings.
Combine that kind of offensive efficiency with some stellar goaltending then you have a winning team. The Kings are 6-3 against the spread this season which is ninth in the whole league.
Kings at Wild Preview: Mirage is an understatement
The Wild are playing the best hockey of the season right now and all without their first line doing any of the heavy lifting. The second and fourth lines are doing most of the work, the lines that include Nick Bonino, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Bjugstad, and Marcus Foligno.
The second and fourth lines have combined for seven goals this week while the first and third lines have combined for just three all week.
The Wild have covered a 1.5 puck line in four of their last four games as an underdog and they would’ve also covered it if they were favored too.
The Wild are also right in the middle of the pack with a .500 record of 8-8 against the spread as opposed to the best team in hockey, the Los Angeles Kings who are 14-4 against the spread this season.
Minnesota vs Los Angeles odds and lines:
The odds opened with The Wild favored by 1.5 goals and an over/under of 5.5.
Free pick of the night:
My free pick of the night is Kings ML at +147.