The Staples Center is playing host a Western Conference clash as the Colorado Avalanche come into town to face the Los Angeles Kings. It’s the third and final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, April 2, and fans at home can view the game live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings Odds
Los Angeles comes into the matchup as the heavy favorite with a -175 moneyline. The line for Colorado sits at +155 and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Netting 2.1 units for moneyline bettors, the Kings are 43-36 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That win percentage, the third-best in the Pacific Division so far this season, is a welcome improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (39-43). Of its 79 games this season, 35 have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just three have pushed. This year, the team is 21-17 SU at home.
Los Angeles has converted on 21.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated first overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Los Angeles has been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over its last ten outings. The team has had to kill penalties for just 5.2 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.
Sporting a .923 save percentage and 27.1 saves per game, Jonathan Quick (31-30-3) has been the primary option in goal for the Kings this year. If they choose to rest him, however, the team might turn to Darcy Kuemper (10-9-9 record, .932 save percentage, 2.10 goals against average).
The Kings will continue relying on leadership from Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty. Kopitar (90 points) has tallied 35 goals and 55 assists and has recorded multiple points 24 times this year. Doughty has 10 goals and 48 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 41 games.
Over on the other bench, Colorado is 42-37 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 11.3 units this year. A total of 39 of its games have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just seven have pushed. As the visiting team, Colorado is 15-24 SU.
Colorado has scored on 21.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully defended 83.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Colorado’s players have been whistled for penalties 4.0 times per game this season, and 2.6 per game over their past ten contests. The team’s been forced to kill penalties just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Semyon Varlamov (28.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Colorado. Varlamov has 26 wins, 25 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .920 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Avalanche will be Nathan MacKinnon, who has 38 goals and 56 assists this year.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Under
- The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last five outings.
- Penalties and power plays may prove to be extremely important tonight. The Avalanche are 19-15 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 27-26 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total. The Kings are 17-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 30-20 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- Colorado is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Los Angeles is 2-1 in shootouts.
- Los Angeles has forced 3.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 4.9 takeaways per game (ranked 31st overall).
- Colorado skaters have averaged 5.0 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.4 takeaways per game (ranked 23rd in the NHL).