St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Match Preview and Free Picks
The St. Louis Blues should be flying high when they continue their California road trip against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday after rallying for an improbable win versus Anaheim the night before. St. Louis scored twice in 12 seconds as defenseman Alex Pietrangelo capped the outburst with 52 seconds left in the third period to give the Blues a 5-4 victory that solidified their hold on third place in the Central Division and increased their cushion for a playoff spot to six points.
The Blues also got a boost Wednesday with the return of Brayden Schenn, who recorded a goal and an assist in his first game after missing six with a concussion - St. Louis went 2-3-1 in his absence - and combined with linemates Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko to record six points. Los Angeles has lost 11 of its last 12 games (1-7-4) after Tuesday's 3-1 setback against Montreal and has the lowest point total in the Western Conference and second-lowest in the league (Ottawa). The Kings haven't lost hope according to interim coach Willie Desjardins, who told reporters: "They do believe. They believe they can play better. They see guys that are around the organization that have won. And you donâ€™t change. They have the ability to win two Cups. Thatâ€™s just doesnâ€™t happen by itself. Those guys are good leaders. I think they know.â€ Los Angeles won its first two meetings with the Blues this season, including a 4-3 triumph on Jan. 21 in which it handed rookie goaltending sensation Jordan Binnington one of his four losses.
The fans at STAPLES Center will be treated to a game between the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings when they take their seats on Thursday.
Oddsmakers opened the Blues as -150-moneyline favorites versus the Kings, while the game's total opened at 5.5.
Los Angeles was a 3-1 loser in its last match at home against the Canadiens. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.
St. Louis won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Ducks on March 06. Bettors who backed the Blues at -178 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
St. Louis Blues: O'Reilly on Wednesday increased his team-high point total to a career-best 65 with a goal and an assist, and recorded 23 faceoff wins to give him a league-leading 897 - or 13.6 per game. Tarasenko (team-high 27 goals, 56 points), who notched two assists against Anaheim, collected 10 goals and 20 points in the 11 games prior to Schenn's injury but only three points with his linemate out of action. Jake Allen has been reduced to playing only in back-to-back situations, so he's expected in net after Binnington (16-3-1, .929 save percentage) made 23 saves and allowed a career high-tying four goals on Wednesday but avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time thanks to his club's late surge.
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar has recorded two of his team-leading 19 goals and four of his club-best 48 points over his last three games. Matt Luff scored his eighth goal of the season after he was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League to replace fellow rookie Austin Wagner (nine goals, 16 points in 49 games), who missed Tuesday's contest (lower body) and remains day-to-day. Defenseman Alec Martinez (plus-4 rating in 44 games) returned Tuesday after missing eight games (upper body) and received 21 minutes, 16 seconds of ice time.
St. Louis Blues Betting Odds Trends
|Team record: 35-25-6 SU|
|St. Louis is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games|
|St. Louis is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 8 of St. Louis's last 11 games|
Los Angeles Kings Betting Odds Trends
|Team record: 24-34-8 SU|
|Los Angeles is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 6 games|
|Los Angeles is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home|
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Betting Fantasy Props Full List
|St. Louis Blues||-1.5 (+155)||-175||O 5.5 (+120)|
|Los Angeles Kings||+1.5 (-175)||+155||U 5.5 (-140)|
|St. Louis Blues||-0.5 (+145)||-170||O 1.5 (+105)|
|Los Angeles Kings||+0.5 (-175)||+130||U 1.5 (-135)|
- 1-0 Blues - 1P+330
- 2-0 Blues - 1P+800
- 2-1 Blues - 1P+1100
- 3-0 Blues - 1P+2200
- 3-1 Blues - 1P+3000
- 3-2 Blues - 1P+4500
- 4-0 Blues - 1P+5000
- 0-0 Tie - 1P+270
- 1-1 Tie - 1P+500
- 2-2 Tie - 1P+2500
- 1-0 Kings - 1P+400
- 2-0 Kings - 1P+1100
- 2-1 Kings - 1P+1300
- 3-0 Kings - 1P+3200
- 3-1 Kings - 1P+3500
- 3-2 Kings - 1P+5000
- 4-0 Kings - 1P+5500