The Colorado Avalanche will look to get the big win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night in order to keep their hopes of winning the West Division title alive. Colorado is in second place in the division, four points behind Vegas with five games remaining and one in hand.
Los Angeles (21-24-6) is in sixth place in the standings, but is still not mathematically eliminated from getting into the playoffs. Colorado (34-13-4) is a solid road favorite in this matchup. The NHL Odds for this West Division showdown are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook right now.
Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings
When: Friday, May 7, at 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
TV: SN1, BSW, ALT2
Los Angeles +240
Colorado -1½ (-115)
Los Angeles +1½ (-105)
Avalanche to be Focused from Outset
Colorado had its three-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday’s 3-2 road loss against San Jose to fall to 3-4-0 over its last seven games. Andre Burakovsky and Tyson Jost each scored for the Avalanche and Philipp Grubauer had 30 saves in the loss.
“It’s just disappointing in the moment,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said of the loss. “We’re in a position to win a game and we make a couple mistakes and they score. It’s an important game for us, a chance to stay within two (points) of Vegas.”
The Avalanche average a healthy 3.5 goals to rank second in scoring. Defensively, Colorado limits the opposition to 2.5 goals per game to rank fifth in goals allowed.
Mikko Rantanen has scored a team-high 29 goals. Nathan MacKinnon has a team-high 45 assists for the Avs, who are 14-9-2 on the road this season.
Kings Look to Play Spoiler
The Kings have won two straight and three of four and would love to put a dent in Colorado’s division title hopes by getting the upset. Los Angeles took out Arizona in consecutive games, winning 3-2 on Monday and 4-2 on Wednesday.
Anze Kopitar had an assist to reach 1,000 career points and Gabriel Vilardi scored twice to help LA eliminate Arizona from playoff contention.
“It’s definitely exciting/nerve-wracking,” Kopitar said. “I caught myself thinking about it a little too much and told myself to relax a little bit, play and just let it happen.”
Los Angeles has won five of its last nine games, but has dropped three of four against Colorado. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals (21st) and allowing 2.9 goals per contest defensively (19th). Dustin Brown has scored a team-high 17 goals while Kopitar has a team-high 37 assists. Los Angeles has gone an uninspiring 9-12-4 at the Staples Center this season.
Avalanche to Get Hard-Fought Win
Colorado has won its last eight games played on a Friday and is the far better team at both ends of the ice. Not only that, but the Avalanche are 21-7 over their last 28 games and 35-17 in their last 52 games as a favorite.
Conversely, Los Angeles has limped to an uninspiring 3-8 mark over its last 11 home games despite still having a shot to reach the playoffs. The Kings are 1-11 in their last 12 games following a win and 0-4 in their last four games as a home underdog.
The home team in this West Division rivalry is 4-1 in the last five meetings, but it won’t matter. Colorado is four points behind Vegas with five games to play. The Avs still have a chance of winning the West Division title, and I’m certain they’ll avoid the letdown on Friday night. Colorado has covered the Puck Line against Los Angeles in the last two meetings. Simply put, Colorado wins and covers the online betting and Puck Line for the third straight time against the Kings.