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Surging Avalanche Good Bet to Dethrone Slumping Kings

The Colorado Avalanche hope to continue their hot streak as a strong favorite in our odds for NHL action on Friday night against the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

The Avalanche own points in 13 of their last 16 games after scoring 13 times in the past two, including Nathan MacKinnon’s four tallies in a 6-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday. Colorado leads the league at 3.81 goals per game and MacKinnon has a whopping 82 points.

Surging Avalanche Good Bet to Dethrone Slumping Kings
Surging Avalanche Good Bet to Dethrone Slumping Kings

MacKinnon boasts a 12-game point streak (11 goals, 15 assists), while linemate Mikko Rantanen has seven points in his last two outings and defenseman Cale Makar owns nine during a five-game streak for the Avalanche..

Los Angeles is in a tailspin since a strong start to the season. The Kings, who once led the league in goals scored and goals against per game, are 2-7-5 in their last 14 games after suffering a 5-3 loss at home to Buffalo on Wednesday.

Colorado is +400 in Vegas NHL  odds to win the Western Conference and Los Angeles is still rather low at +700.


Kings vs Avalanche Game Information

1. Game: Kings (22-14-9) vs Avalanche (31-14-3)
2. Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
3. Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 26, 9:00 p.m. ET
4. Kings vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.com


The red-hot Avalanche look to continue piling up the goals and wins when they host the underdog Kings on Friday, you can watch the action live on Bally Sports West.

The teams have split a pair of games this season with Colorado winning 5-2 at Los Angeles on Oct. 11 and the Kings earning a 4-1 victory at Denver on Dec. 3. The over is 5-1, according to NHL lines, in the team’s last six meetings.


Kings vs Avalanche Spreads and Odds


1. Los Angeles has killed off 16 of 17 power-play opportunities in its last six games and leads the NHL at 87.5 percent.
2. Over bettors have cashed in the last six Avalanche games and are 29-17-2 on the season at the sportsbook.
3. Kings forward Kevin Fiala boasts 10 points (three goals) in his last 10 contests.
4. Colorado forward Ross Colton has produced seven points (two goals) in his last six contests.
5. The under is 7-1 in the last eight Los Angeles games as a road underdog.
6. The Avalanche are 5-1 in the last six contests as a favorite of -110 to -150.
7. The Kings are 0-3-2 in their last five games against Western Conference foes.
8. The over is 5-0 in Colorado’s last five games after scoring five or more goals in the previous contest.


Kings vs Avalanche Over/Under Pick: Over 6 ½ (-105)

MacKinnon is on fire with seven goals in his last three games to lead an Avalanche offense firing on all cylinders. Meanwhile, Kings goalie Cam Talbot is 0-6-3 in his last nine decisions, which could give backup David Rittich (4-1-2) another start.

Kings vs Avalanche ATS Pick: Avalanche -1 ½ (+170)

The Kings will have to find their game if they are to take more bettors’ money. Los Angeles is 21-24 ATS and posted just six wins in its last 22 games (6-10-6).


Kings vs Avalanche Moneyline Pick: Avalanche (-145)

Colorado’s defense could be better, allowing 3.15 goals per game (18th in the league), but the Avalanche can outscore any deficiencies. Goalie Alexandar Georgiev only has an .897 save percentage, but leads the league with 26 wins.


Kings vs Avalanche Player Prop: Cale Makar 1+ goals (+275)

Good value for the Norris Trophy candidate, who boasts 11 goals this season.

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Kings vs Avalanche Prediction

Colorado Avalanche 5, Los Angeles Kings 2



Questions Of The Day

Will Trevor Moore find the back of the net for the Kings in the match?

Yes. Moore leads the team with 21 goals and has 22 shots on net in the past four games despite scoring just once.

Will the Avalanche post a power-play goal?

Yes. Even though the Kings are good on the kill, Colorado is seventh in the league (25.7 percent) and is 3-for-6 in the last two games.

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