Dallas Stars vs. Los Angeles Kings Matchup Preview 1/8/20

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Alexander Radulov, Tyler Seguin, and the Dallas Stars are set to do battle against Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in a Western Conference tilt. The opening faceoff will be at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, and it can be caught live on NBC Sports Network.

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings Odds

The Stars (-135) are being labeled as the favorites over the Kings (+115) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 5 goals (-125 money on the over, +105 on the under).

Dallas is 24-18 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.6 units this year. 26 of its matches have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. As a road team in 2019-20, the Stars are 9-10 SU.

Dallas has converted on 18.0 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 third overall, and it has successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all penalties..

Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, Ben Bishop (16-12-3) has been the primary option in goal for Dallas this season. If head coach Rick Bowness chooses to rest him, however, the team might go with Anton Khudobin (10-7-1 record, .931 save percentage, 2.20 goals against average).

On the other side of the ice, Los Angeles is 17-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 24 of its contests have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 11-10 SU as the home team this season.

The Kings have converted on just 14.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 27th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jonathan Quick (25.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Kings. Quick has 11 wins, 18 losses, and two OT losses and has registered a fairly-weak .893 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this season.

Dallas Stars at Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

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

Betting Notes

  • The Kings have averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (33.6) while the Stars have attempted the 22nd-most (just 33.6).
  • Six of Dallas’ last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-2 in those games.
  • Dallas skaters notched 22.7 hits per game last season, while the Kings posted 23.3 hits per matchup.