In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings meet at the Staples Center. Fox Sports North will air this Western Conference matchup, and the action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 12.
Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds
Both squads show an identical -110 money line, and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at an even 6 goals. If you want to play the game’s total, you’ll be looking at odds of -110 money on the over and -110 for the under.
Minnesota is 6-11 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 10 of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just two have pushed. The Wild are 3-9 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Minnesota has converted on 18.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 14th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 81.5 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five matchups total, and 4.2 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .887 save percentage and 24.3 saves per game, Devan Dubnyk (3-8-1) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota this season. If Minnesota chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Alex Stalock (4-5), who has a .903 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.
The visiting Wild have relied heavily on Eric Staal and Jason Zucker this year. Staal has 14 points via six goals and eight assists, and has recorded two or more points in three different games. Zucker has five goals and six assists to his name (and has notched a point in eight games).
On the other side of the rink, Los Angeles is 5-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Nine of its matches have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. Thus far, the team is 3-4 SU at home.
Los Angeles has converted on just 11.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 29th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 70.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Los Angeles skaters have been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their last five contests total, and 4.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Jonathan Quick (27.2 saves per game) has been the top selection in the crease for Los Angeles. Quick has two wins and eight losses to his credit and has registered a subpar .866 save percentage and 4.27 goals against average this year.
Anze Kopitar (five goals, 11 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Kings.
Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Over
- The over has hit in four of Minnesota’s last five outings.
- Minnesota has managed 26.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Los Angeles is averaging 37.4 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- The Kings are 2-4 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 1-4 SU when they serve more minutes than their opponent.
- Both teams have yet to participate in a shootout this year.
- Los Angeles skaters have managed 4.6 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 5.9 takeaways per game (ranked 29th in the league).
- Minnesota skaters have forced 5.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.1 takeaways per game (ranked 29th).