Los Angeles Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup Preview 1/14/20

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Tyler Toffoli, Anze Kopitar, and the Los Angeles Kings will face off against Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena for an East-West tilt. This one gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 14 and it’s being shown live on Fox Sports Sun.

Los Angeles Kings at Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

Tampa Bay heads into the game as the heavy favorite with a -300 moneyline. The line for the Kings now stands at +250, and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under).

Despite posting a record of 27-18 straight up (SU), moneyline bettors have earned a total of 2.4 units on Tampa Bay this season. Of the team’s 45 games this season, 25 have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just one has pushed. The team’s 14-9 SU at home this season.

The Lightning have converted on 27.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.6 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 27.8 saves per game with a .915 save percentage, Andrei Vasilevskiy (22-11-2) has been the principal option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. If head coach Jon Cooper decides to give him the night off, however, Tampa Bay might go with Curtis McElhinney (5-7-7 record, .904 save percentage, 3.10 goals against average).

Los Angeles has lost 6.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far and is currently 18-29 straight up (SU). A total of 26 of its contests have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the visiting team , the Kings are 7-18 SU.

The Kings have converted on just 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jonathan Quick (25.5 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Los Angeles. Quick has 11 wins, 19 losses, and two OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .895 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average this year.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Lightning, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Over Tampa Bay’s last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-1 in those games).
  • Power plays and penalty kills may be extremely important tonight. The Kings are 6-9 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 14-22 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Lightning are 11-7 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 16-9 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Tampa Bay might have an advantage if it’s a close one late. The team’s 12-9 in games decided by one goal, while Los Angeles is 9-12 in such games.
  • The under has hit in four of Tampa Bay’s last five games.
  • Los Angeles has averaged 6.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.4 giveaways per game (ranked 18th).
  • Tampa Bay has averaged 8.0 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 7.6 giveaways per game (ranked 2nd in the league).
  • The Lightning this season have recorded the ninth-most hits in the league (23.0 per game).