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#35 Minnesota Wild -120 vs.
#36 Los Angeles Kings 6
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:35pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is a matchup between two Western Conference teams in the NHL. Specifically, the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings will face off at about 10:30 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the STAPLES Center.

Goalie Matchup: The Wild will turn to Devan Dubnyk (3-7-1, 3.57 GAA)and the Kings will counter withJonathan Quick(2-8-0, 4.27 GAA).

Wild Look For Another Road Win

So far this season, the Minnesota Wild have been a very underwhelming team in the Western Conference. Specifically, the Wild have only won six games up to this point which has them in last place in the Central Division. However, Minnesota was able to win a tough road game against Arizona in its last game by the score of 4-3 so perhaps some momentum might be able to carry over into this game. Although Minnesota has not looked good on a consistent basis yet at any point this season, it has the chance to change that narrative with another road victory in this game.

Leading the Wild offensively will be centerEric Staal who has looked okay so far this season. Specifically, he has six goals and eight assists in 17 games played. However, he has a Plus/Minus rating of -9 so the Wild have struggled to keep their opponents from scoring whenever he is on the ice. In addition, he also recorded zero points in Minnesota's last game and had two penalty minutes.

The starting goalie for the Wild in this game will be Devan Dubnyk who has been awful so far this season. Specifically, he has a 3-7-1 record and a 3.57 GAA along with a .887 save percentage. Last season, Dubnyk went 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .962 save percentage against the Kings so he will look for much better results against them on Tuesday night.

Kings Look To Snap Losing Streak

So far this season, the Los Angeles Kings have looked like one of the worst teams in the league. Specifically, they are just 5-11-1 through the first 17 games. In addition, the Kings are also in the midst of a three-game losing streak after losing to the Canadians on the road on Saturday night by the score of 3-2. Now, Los Angeles gets to return home to face off against another weak team in the Western Conference. If there was a golden opportunity to snap this losing streak, Tuesday's game would definitely be it. The only question remaining is whether or not the Kings are actually good enough to take advantage of this opportunity.

Leading the Kings offensively will be center Anze Kopitar who has looked great so far this season. Specifically, he already has 16 points through the first 17 games of the regular season. In addition, he has a Plus/Minute Rating of zero which is tied for the best on the team. Kopitar has made quite the legacy for himself in Los Angeles and he will look to add to that legacy moving forward.

The starting goalie for the Kings in this game will be Jonathan Quick who has been terrible this season. Specifically, he has a 2-8-0 record along with a 4.27 GAA and a .866 save percentage. This season, Quick has an 0-1-0 record with a 5.00 GAA and a .815 save percentage against the Wild. Now, he has a shot at revenge as he will look to stop Minnesota's offense the second time around.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though both teams have been terrible this season, Minnesota enters this game in better form so I will take the road team in this game. Specifically, Minnesota enters this game following an impressive road win against Arizona while Los Angeles enters this game on a three-game losing streak. Plus, Minnesota has dominated this series in recent years and has already beaten Los Angeles earlier this seasons so I know that this team is capable of getting the job done on Tuesday night. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Minnesota Wild

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In a game with two awful defenses and goalies, I have to take the over. Both Dubnyk and Quick have been terrible up to this point and I would not be surprised to see both of them give up at least three goals apiece in this game. The first meeting between these teams yielded six goals and I can see this game having at least seven goals so I think this total is too low. Each of Minnesota's last four games have totaled at least six goals so there is value at this number. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 6

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Minnesota is the better of these two teams and enters this game on a bit of an emotional high which should lead to a lead after the first 20 minutes. I expect the Kings to come out flat as usual while the Wild will look to build some momentum after winning their last game on the road. Plus, Los Angeles has had serious issues putting the puck in the net so one has to wonder if the Kings will even be able to score a goal in the first period which provides a lot of value on the Wild due to the ability to push this bet. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Minnesota Wild 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.