The Winnipeg Jets are trying to make a late run to the postseason, and they have an important home game on Saturday night. The Los Angeles Kings come to town, and the visitors are already comfortably in the playoff field.
Los Angeles has 84 points, and that has the Kings in second place in the Pacific Division. The Kings have gone just 2-3 in their last five games.
Winnipeg had won three straight games before suffering a loss to the Maple Leafs. The Jets are currently in sixth place in the Central Division with 76 points.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Winnipeg Jets as the moneyline betting favorites at -130.
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LA Looking for More Scoring
The Los Angeles Kings might be headed for the NHL Playoffs, but it could be a short stay if they don’t find some more offense. Los Angeles is currently scoring just 2.8 goals per game, and they are allowing around that same number.
The overall statistics don’t look that great for the Kings, but Viktor Arvidsson summed up the play of the Kings after the most recent win. Arvidsson said, “The team doesn’t quit. It’s just who we are. It’s in our DNA. It’s a good quality to have this time of year.”
Special teams’ play has been a problem for the Kings at times as well. Los Angeles is scoring on the power play just 17% of the time and killing off just 76% of its penalties.
There are still some flaws for this Kings team, but they just seem to find a way to win games when needed.
Jets Can’t Find Consistency
The Winnipeg Jets have the ability to be a great offensive team, but they also struggle trying to stop their opponents. Winnipeg is scoring 3.04 goals per game, but opposing teams have scored that same number against them.
Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler have been the offensive leaders for the Jets, and they could give the Kings some trouble in this one. Connor leads the team with 41 goals, and Wheeler has dished out a team-high 42 assists to his teammates.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has gone 25-23-9 in net so far for the Jets, and this team could use some more consistency from their netminder. The Jets will attempt to speed up the tempo in this matchup to allow them to create some breathing room.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets Head-to-Head
Even though the Kings have had a better season up to this point, it has been Winnipeg that has dominated the season series. The Jets are currently 2-0 against the Kings, and both of those games were 3-2 wins.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets Game Information
- Game: Los Angeles Kings (37-23-10) at Winnipeg Jets (33-26-10)
- Location: Canada Life Centre
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. ET
- Television: NHL TV
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Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Lines
Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction
NHL betting online is always difficult, especially when there is a matchup like this that doesn’t have much separation. Home ice advantage usually plays a role in games that are so evenly matched, but that won’t be the case in this one.
The Kings still have some flaws, but the way that they are able to get stops just makes up for all of that. Los Angeles will frustrate Winnipeg in this game, and the Jets are going to give up some goals as well.
This will be a game that is decided by just one goal, but the home team won’t be able to take control of this game late. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and bet on the underdog Kings at +110 as they find a way to win in Winnipeg.