The Minnesota Wild (29-13-3) look to keep their win-streak going against the Los Angeles Kings (17-20-6) on Friday night in Southern California. Minnesota has won their last five games, while the Kings defeated the Ducks this past Tuesday.
Minnesota currently sits third in the West Division, while the Kings are second-last in the West, with only Anaheim having a worse record.
If you’re betting on this game, the NHL odds have the Wild with a sportsbook moneyline of -160, while the Kings are at +140. The over/under for the game has been set at 5 ½ goals.
Don’t Sleep On The Wild
The Wild have been a solid defensive team the last few years, but they finally have an offensive star as well. In his rookie season with the team, Kirill Kaprizov has 19 goals in 2021, with his last setting the rookie record for team goals. Amazingly enough, the 23-year-old Russian wasn’t drafted until the fifth round in 2015, and is now taking the NHL by storm.
Complimenting Kaprizov is forward Kevin Fiala, who’s been steady with 29 points in 41 games. Minnesota currently sits third in the West Division, with a nice gap between themselves and the fourth seed St.Louis Blues. While Minny most likely won’t catch Colorado or Vegas in the standings by season’s end, it’s been really impressive seeing them keeping up in the standings with such an underrated roster.
Cam Talbot gets the start over Kaapo Kahkonen for the Wild. In his first season in Minnesota, Talbot has been really impressive, sporting a .925 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 games.
No Playoff Dreams Left for LA
The months of March and April have not been kind to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings lost four out of their five first games in the Month of April, and that ended any shot at playoff hopes in 2021. LA hasn’t made the postseason since the 2017-2018 season, and it doesn’t look like that drought will be ending anytime soon. Longtime Kings star winger Jeff Carter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the deadline, as the Kings continue to slowly but surely rebuild under general manager Rob Blake.
Anze Kopitar has been the lone bright spot offensively for the Kings. The 33-year old Slovenian has put the team on his back with 10 goals and 34 assists in 44 games.
Goaltender Cal Petersen has succeeded Jonathan Quick and as LA’s main starter and will be in net on Friday. Peterson has been exceptional in 25 games, sporting a save percentage of .920 and GAA of 2.67.
The Wild and Kings have played one another seven times now, with Minnesota coming out on top five times.
The Kings are 8-9-4 at the Staples Center, while the Wild are 12-9-3 away from home.
Minnesota centre Nick Bjugstad is listed out with an upper-body injury for Friday night’s tilt, while no one is currently on the injury list for Los Angeles.
Although you could make the argument that Minnesota has nothing to play for, considering there is a firm gap between Minnesota and the teams in front and below them in the West Division standings. At the same time, you shouldn’t bet against a team on a hot win streak that’s taking on a basement seat dweller. Cal Petersen should make things harder for Minny than Jonathan Quick would, but it won’t be enough for the Kings to pull off the home upset.
When doing your NHL betting, take the Minnesota Wild on the moneyline to get the job done on the road and win their sixth in a row.