Will the Kings Slow Boston?
The Los Angeles Kings fell again on Tuesday, making it two straight losses for the side and three in their last four. Their effort wasn’t a particularly competitive one either as they were stomped 6-0 by the Buffalo Sabres.
They’ve allowed over five goals in each of their last three losses, so it’s pretty clear that they are having defensive issues.
The schedule doesn’t let up as they’re visiting the Boston Bruins next, a team that has been dominating. They’re 23-4-1 after back-to-back wins over strong opponents: the Vegas Golden Knights and the New York Islanders.
Will the Kings finally slow the Bruins and or will Boston cash on the NHL betting odds?
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Kings vs Bruins. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Kings Look To Seal Goaltending Problems
Los Angeles has been unable to keep the puck out of the net as of late and in the game of hockey, it’s hard to win when that’s the case.
This squad hasn’t lost a game since November 3 when allowing less than three goals since. The problem is that doesn’t consistently happen. They’ve allowed 19 goals in their last four games and that’s not close to an ideal situation.
The Kings have tested out three goaltenders and none have been particularly good. Jonathan Quick is the veteran option with an 8-8-3 record, a 3.55 GAA and a .882 save percentage.
Cal Petersen and Pheonix Copley haven’t been any better. This team ranks dead-last in save percentage at .878. Those who bet online should be surprised that this squad is somehow in playoff position with such shoddy goaltending.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
Boston Does It All Well
While the Kings struggle in net, the Bruins have no such shortcomings. They are currently ranked second in the league when it comes to goals scored per game and first in team GAA.
Any team that can rank towards the top of this league like this in both major statistical categories is going to prove to be a handful to take down.
At the offensive end, Bruins fans are witnessing a stellar season out of David Pastrnak as he leads the team with 39 points. He’s nearly double the points total of anybody else on the roster.
In net, Linus Ullmark is arguably the best goaltender in hockey right now. He is 17-1-0 with a 1.83 GAA and a .938 save percentage. Ullmark gives the Bruins a hedge edge in this one, which is why the Bruins are such a big favorite in the sportsbook.
Kings vs Bruins Game Injuries
Kings vs Bruins Head-to-Head
The Kings lost their first matchup against the Bruins last season 7-0. Then, they bounced back and won in overtime in their other matchup.
Kings vs Bruins Game Information
- Game: Kings (15-12-5) vs Bruins (23-4-1)
- Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec 15, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Kings vs Bruins Live stream: NHL.TV
Kings vs Bruins Betting Lines
Kings vs Bruins Picks & Prediction
This is a bad matchup for the Kings. They are currently in a slump where they can’t defend the net at a high level. Now, they get one of the hottest skaters in the league and the second-best defense.
The Kings are built around the offense but they’re up against the No. 1-ranked defense in this spot. The Bruins should be the choice here for your NHL picks.
The Boston Bruins are listed at -210 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bruins, you have a chance to win $48. Los Angeles is +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Boston Bruins a 67.74% chance to win, with the Los Angeles Kings at 36.36%.