Winners of nine straight games against the Los Angeles Kings, the Tampa Bay Lightning visit Crypto.com Arena Tuesday evening looking to extend the run. The latest news, stats, and injury reports puts the Kings at an even bigger disadvantage, hence the NHL odds leaning heavily on Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings
Kings Winning Amidst Absences
They may be sizable underdogs, but the Los Angeles Kings would be worth a bet online if only for their current for. LA has won four straight games and six of its last seven. However, the Kings are without Dustin Brown, Phillip Danault and Adrian Kempe, just to name a few standouts.
Goaltender Calvin Petersen has started to excel, resembling the dominant version of last season. In his last three starts, Petersen has allowed just two goals, posting a tidy 96.8% save percentage. It’s not a bad start to 2022 for the 27-year-old.
Jonathan Quick has been solid as well, and either one of these netminders can help the Kings to impressive wins, such as the one against the Penguins. This team had plenty of preseason hype and if it continues, the LA could emerge as a playoff team.
Lightning Keep The Spark
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning are arguably the best team in the NHL. In spite of all their injuries and roster turnover, The Lightning sit fourth in the league in point percentage, due in large part to a potent offense, clutch goaltending and solid special-teams play.
It’s a myriad of reasons, all of which make Tampa Bay difficult to beat and why it’s been money-line green despite being favored 33-of-40 times this season. As with the Kings, the Lightning have also won four straight games (five-of-six), with all victories by two goals or more. Hello, puck-line money.
It’s been one way to get value out of the Lightning, even though they’ve only covered on half of their last 12 puck lines as the favorite. You’d be ahead a few units.
Lightning vs Kings Head-to-Head
|Tampa Bay||Stat||Los Angeles|
|17.6%||Power Play %||13.8%|
|86.2%||Penalty Kill %||82.4%|
Lightning vs Kings Game Information
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 18th, 2022
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Location: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Los Angeles Kings Live Stream: NHL Live
Lightning vs Kings Betting Lines
Lightning vs Kings Prediction
The Lightning should not slow down, even against the Kings’ hot goaltending. Los Angeles is just average in save percentage stats at home, but it’s the Kings’ paltry 8.3% shooting percent (SH%) that will do them in. Tampa, on the other hand, has the third-highest SH% as a road team.
Tampa Bay should handle the Kings, whether it’s Petersen or Quick in goal. It may take a bit more effort, but the Lightning should be the right pick on the online sports betting lines.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning (-210)
The Kings have been one of the best teams to bet the ‘under’ because of their goaltending and chronically-subpar offense. This team can stop pucks while struggling to score themselves. Thirteen of their 23 home games have gone under and this one should, too.
Pick: Under 5½ Goals (+105)
Parlay: Lightning (-210) and Under 5½ Goals (+105) at +202