Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings Matchup Preview


Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and the Winnipeg Jets are set to face off against Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center for a Western Conference matchup. The opening face-off is at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, and it will be shown live on The Sports Network.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings Odds

Winnipeg (-170) is currently favored over Los Angeles (+150), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-120 under, +100 over).

Winnipeg is 22-11 straight up (SU) and has netted 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 33 regular season outings, 17 of its games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Jets team is 9-5 SU on the road.

Winnipeg enters the match up with the first-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 30.8 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.6 percent of its penalties..

Boasting a .908 save percentage and 27.8 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (15-10-1) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, Winnipeg could turn to Laurent Brossoit (7-2-1 record, .930 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average).

Los Angeles is 11-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 34 regular season contests, 18 of its games have gone under the total, while 15 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 7-11 SU at home this season.

The Kings have converted on just 14.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.0 percent of all penalties.

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

Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Kings, O/U \u2013 Under

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their past five matchups.
  • Over Los Angeles’ last ten outings, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
  • The Kings this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game in the NHL (22.6).