Kings Looking To Bounce Back Against Blue Jackets
There are plenty of NHL betting online opportunities on Saturday, including an interesting matchup in Los Angeles. The Kings will meet the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the home team is desperate for a win.
Columbus won’t be making the postseason, but it is looking to finish the season strong. The Blue Jackets have gotten their record above the .500 mark but still have just 76 points..
Los Angeles is holding on to the third spot in the Pacific Division, but they are in danger of giving it up. The Kings have 88 points on the year, but they have gone just 1-4 in their last five games.
The NHL betting lines have the Los Angeles Kings as the moneyline favorites at -190.
Blue Jackets Need to Defend
The Columbus Blue Jackets come into Saturday night, allowing 3.7 goals per game. Columbus has tried out four different goaltenders this NHL season, but Elvis Merzlikins is usually the goalie that sees the most action.
Columbus does have the ability to score goals as it is averaging nearly 3.2 goals per game. The Blue Jackets have scored on the power play just 17% of the time, and that unit could be much better.
Patrik Laine leads the team with 26 goals and 56 total points, and he will have the full attention of Los Angeles. Columbus is not a team that can win in a low-scoring affair, but they have an offense that is capable of doing some real damage.
Kings Comfortable in Close Contests
The Los Angeles Kings have allowed 2.87 goals per game while scoring just 2.82 goals per game. Those aren’t the numbers of a potential playoff team, but it also shows how close most games are for the Kings.
The most recent loss for the Kings wasn’t close, as they were blown 9-3 against the Colorado Avalanche. After that game, head coach Todd McLellan said, “That was awful and we move on. We get an opportunity to play more games, so good for us and we have to be better.”
Center Anze Kopitar leads the team with 44 assists and 62 points, and he will have to find a way to spark this offense. Goaltender Jonathan Quick continues to play great in the blue paint, but the offense for Los Angeles has to step up and deliver.
Blue Jackets vs Kings Head-to-Head
This is only the second meeting between these teams as they are in different conferences.
The first meeting of the year was a terrific battle though, as the Kings outlasted the Blue Jackets by a score of 4-3 in overtime.
Blue Jackets vs Kings Game Information
- Game: Blue Jackets (35-33-6) at Kings (39-27-10)
- Location: crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 16, 10:30 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Blue Jackets vs Kings Betting Lines
Blue Jackets vs Kings Prediction
The Los Angeles Kings are slumping at the worst possible time, but this is a great chance for them to bounce back a bit. Columbus is playing some good hockey of late, but the Blue Jackets are still a team with some flaws.
Los Angeles has to find a way to score more goals, but that will be easier to do against a bad Columbus defensive effort. This game isn’t one where you will see much separation, but a desperate Kings team will get the job done on home ice.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Los Angeles Kings -190 as they pick up a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.