The Los Angeles Kings have lost three straight games, but they have been a surprise team all season. Los Angeles heads to New Jersey on Sunday for a matchup with the Devils.
New Jersey was a winner in its most recent game, but it has not been a good season for the Devils. The NHL betting lines for this game at BetUS Sportsbook have the Los Angeles Kings as the moneyline favorite at -130.
Game: Los Angeles Kings (20-16-5) at New Jersey Devils (15-19-5)
Location: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Day/Time: Sunday, 7 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Devils
Kings Struggling to Score
Los Angeles is currently scoring just 2.73 goals per game, and it has a trend of being incredibly inconsistent on that end of the ice. After another disappointing offensive effort, head coach Todd McLellan said, “We need some things for us to go right for us offensively.”
Center Anze Kopitar leads the way for the Kings on offense as he has a team-high 23 assists and 36 total points. The Kings need to find a way to put more pressure on their opponents, and it will start by getting someone other than Kopitar going.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick has gone 11-10-4, and he is holding opponents to around 2.5 goals per game. The Kings have typically done a great job of limiting scoring opportunities for opponents, but at some point, the offense has to take control.
Devils Not Playing Defense
The New Jersey Devils have not been a good defensive team as they are allowing nearly 3.5 goals per game. New Jersey is not facing an explosive team in Los Angeles, but it has to find a way to get better on that end of the ice.
Mackenzie Blackwood is the goaltender of the future in New Jersey, but he has gone just 9-9-3. Blackwood just needs to be solid.
Jesper Bratt leads the Devils with 11 goals and 23 assists. Bratt is going to need some help on the offensive end of the ice, but the Devils are dealing with injuries to some starters.
Kings Get Back on Track
Los Angeles is not currently playing its best hockey but it has been a much better team than New Jersey. The Kings don’t always score a ton of goals, but they have done a great job on the defensive end of the ice.
New Jersey might have picked up a win in its most recent game, but the Devils haven’t been able to put together long winning streaks this season.