Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings Free Preview

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The Colorado Avalanche, led by Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon, are set to take the ice against Ilya Kovalchuk, Drew Doughty, and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in a Western Conference showdown. The action gets going at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 21, and it is being shown live on Fox Sports West.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds

The Avalanche (-115) are being labeled as the favorites over the Kings (-105), and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.

Colorado is 10-10 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 10 of its matches have gone over the total, while another 10 have gone under and none have pushed. The Avs are 6-6 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Colorado enters the match up with the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 30.3 percent of its extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 18th in the league, and it has successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 28.8 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (6-7-2) has been the top option in goal for Colorado this year. If head coach Jared Bednar chooses to rest him, however, Colorado may turn to Philipp Grubauer (4-3-2 record, .896 save percentage, 3.36 goals against average).

Los Angeles is 7-13 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 20 regular season matches, 11 of its games have gone under the total, while eight have gone over and just one has pushed. The team’s 4-7 SU at home this year.

The Kings have converted on just 13.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties.

Jack Campbell (25.0 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Kings. Campbell has five wins and eight losses to his name and has recorded a 2.33 goals against average and a .923 save percentage this season.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last five outings.
  • The Kings this season have registered the 12th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.3).