The Los Angeles Kings will be going for their second consecutive win when they host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. The Kings are coming off a 6-2 win over Vegas. The Wild finished the 2020 season with a 35-16-5 record.
Minnesota is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Los Angeles.
**This preview was written before Friday’s game was played**
Wild hoping For Deep Playoff RunThe Wild finished with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference last season, but they were knocked out in the first round by the Vegas Golden Knights, making it the fourth consecutive time they’ve been knocked out of the first round. With a lot of the players from last season coming back, they are hoping for a deep playoff run this year.
Minnesota averaged 3.21 goals per game last season. Kirill Kaprizov led the team with 51 points. He scored 27 goals and had 24 assists for the Wild. Kevin Fiala had 40 points with 20 goals and 20 assists, while Mats Zuccarello had 35 points with 11 goals and 24 assists.
Minnesota also played well defensively last season, giving up 2.84 goals per game. They spent the offseason adding depth to their defense and should be better than they were last year.
Kings Trying To Snap Three Game Losing Streak Against WildThe Kings opened up the season with an impressive win over the Golden Knights, who are one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup this season. They will try to prove it wasn’t a fluke with a win over the Wild, which will snap their four-game losing streak to Minnesota and second straight win over a playoff team from last season.
Los Angeles played well offensively in their last game, scoring six goals on 47 shots. Anze Kopitar led the way for the Kings with a hat trick and two assists. Drew Doughty had a goal and three assists, while Alex Iafallo had two assists.
Los Angeles also played well defensively, giving up two goals in the win. They will need another solid defensive effort if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Wild had the eighth-best offense in the league last season, led by Kaprizov, who led the team in scoring as a rookie. However, they lost a lot of depth with the departures of Nick Bonino, Zach Parise, and Ryan Suter, and didn’t make any significant improvement offensively, so expect their production to drop off. Even though the Kings struggled defensively last season, they looked good in their first game, holding the Golden Knights to two goals and will be up to the task against the Wild, who are playing on consecutive nights, so go with the Kings to pick up the win.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Wild and Kings usually score a lot of goals when they face each other, with the teams combining for six goals per game in their last 10 games. Even though they had a slight dip in their scoring in recent games, they averaged 5.67 goals per game in their last three games and played over the total in two of those games. With the teams going over the total in six of their last 10 games, the over makes the most sense here.