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#5 Los Angeles Kings 6 vs.
#6 Tampa Bay Lightning -280
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s an interconference clash on the ice in the Sunshine State. The Los Angeles Kings are on the opposite coast as they make the trip to face the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night. Los Angeles was blanked 2-0 on the road by Carolina Saturday night in their last game. Tampa Bay was upended 3-1 on the road by the Devils Sunday night in their last contest. The Lightning has won the last six meetings between the teams, including a 4-3 shootout home win in the most recent matchup back on February 25, 2019.

Los Angeles Kings Looking to Get Back in Win Column

Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in five games as they were upended on the road in Carolina Saturday night. The Kings entered Friday seventh in the Pacific Division: they are 14 points behind the Canucks for the final guaranteed playoff spot, and 15 back of the Flames and Coyotes in the division race. In the race for the second wild card spot, they were 13 points behind the Oilers. Los Angeles is 28th in the league in goals for as they average 2.51 goals per game on the year. The Kings are tied for 16th in goals against as they allow 3.09 goals per contest this year. Los Angeles is 27th on the power play as they convert only 15.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Kings are 27th in penalty killing as they have successfully gotten through 75 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.

Against the Hurricanes, the Kings fired plenty of rubber but couldn’t find a way to slip one past James Reimer. In the opening period, Los Angeles was outshot 14-10 but was outscored 1-0 to trail by that margin after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Kings with a 14-8 edge in shots on goal with neither team scoring, leaving Carolina down 1-0 after 40 minutes. In the final period, the Kings held a 17-8 edge in shots but was outscored 1-0 to end up on the wrong end of a tough defeat. Jack Campbell kicked out 28 of 29 shots as the second Hurricanes goal hit the empty net. Los Angeles owned a 41-30 edge in shots. Jonathan Quick expects to get the call in net here.

Tampa Bay Lightning Try to Start New Win Streak

Tampa Bay saw their win streak end at 10 as they were knocked off on the road by New Jersey Sunday night. The Lightning stands second in the Atlantic Division and entered Monday seven points back of Boston for the division lead entering this contest. Tampa Bay is 1st in the league in scoring as they average 3.58 goals per contest. The Lightning is tied for 14th in goals against as they allow 2.89 goals per game this season. Tampa Bay is tied for first on the power play as they convert 27.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Lightning stands 8th in penalty killing as they successfully work through 83.4 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

Against New Jersey, the Lightning couldn’t get their offensive attack going as they were held in check by a former teammate. In the opening period against the Devils, Tampa Bay held a 12-10 edge in shots on goal but the game was scoreless after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Lightning with an 8-6 edge in shots but they were outscored 2-1 to trail by that margin after 40 minutes of play. Tyler Johnson opened the scoring with his 11th goal of the season at the 37 second mark off an assist from Victor Hedman. That was the high-water mark for the Lightning as they gave up two goals before the period was over to trail by one. In the third period, Tampa Bay was outshot 7-4 but gave up the lone goal into an empty net to close the scoring. Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves in the loss for Tampa Bay, who held a 27-20 edge in shots in the game. Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the call in net for this one.

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The Kings struggled to slip a puck past Reimer on Saturday night and wasted a stellar outing from their own goaltender. In this one, Los Angeles runs into a Tampa Bay team that is as explosive as there is in the league offensively. The Lightning is extremely dangerous on home ice and they are going to be eager to show that Sunday’s loss was the deviation from what had been the recent norm. Tampa Bay takes advantage of a weak Los Angeles offensive attack and puts up enough offense to earn the victory on home ice here.

Prediction: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

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Los Angeles has been dismal on the road this season and they face a stiff challenge here. The Kings are 7-15-3 as the visiting team on the year. Los Angeles has been outscored by 27 goals (85-58) this season despite a massive +123 shot differential (846-723) as the visiting team. That's an average of 5.72 goals per game when the Kings are the visiting squad. Tampa Bay has been hot at home lately as they roll in 14-7-2 on the season. The Lightning owns a +28 goal differential at home (95-67) on the year and a +134 shot differential (827-693) this season at the Amalie Arena. That's an average of 7.04 goals per game this season on home ice. Look for Tampa Bay to bounce back from their struggle against New Jersey to push this one over the total.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.