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#907 Ottawa Senators vs.
#908 Los Angeles Kings
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:05pm EST
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Written by Valdis Pans

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Playing the second outing of a back-to-back stretch, riding a four-game losing streak and finishing their four-date road trip, the Ottawa Senators (8th in Atlantic Division) will drop by the Los Angeles Kings (6th in Pacific), who have failed to win any of their past five fixtures.

Sens Drop Fourth In Succession

The Ottawa Senators (4-13-1) made it four defeats in their last four games (0-4-0) after being beaten for the 10th time in their past 11 contests (1-9-1) following a 4-0 shutout fiasco against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center yesterday afternoon. The Sens outshot the hosts 34-33, blocked a whopping 21 attempts and killed two of their three penalties, but blanked on all four power-play opportunities of their own, ultimately failing to find the back of the net on a single occasion for the third time in their most recent six matchups. Ottawa has now gone 1-6-1 when playing on the road this season, losing its very last six travels (0-5-1), being outscored 17-8 in the most recent three.

Goalie Anton Forsberg (1-4-0 this year with a 4.44 GAA and a .883 save percentage) made 29 saves in Anaheim, but will vacate the crease for Filip Gustavsson for the trip to Staples Center. Gustavsson has gone 3-4-1 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.41 GAA and a .905 save percentage, and is 0-1-0 against the Los Angeles Kings after the sole previous encounter with a 2.09 GAA and a .944 save percentage. The Senators are netting the 6th lowest quantity of goals per game this season (2.44), while allowing the absolute highest amount defensively (3.83). They are 20th in power play (17.7%) and 28th in penalty kill (74.1%).

Kings Lose Fifth In Row

The current misery run of the Los Angeles Kings (8-8-3) stretched out to five consecutive outings (0-3-2) after the team went 0-3-1 on its ongoing joint season-long seven-game homestand following a 6-2 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Staples Center on Wednesday. Viktor Arvidsson (3 goals, 7 points this year) tied the game at 1-1 at 1:21 of the second period during power play before the visitors tallied five snipes in succession, including four in the middle frame. NHL debutant Sean Durzi (1 goal, 2 points) also netted with the man-advantage for L.A., which had triumphed in seven straight games prior to the current slide.

Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 32 shots on Wednesday to go 4-5-2 for the season with a 2.52 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He has posted a 6-5-0 past tally versus Ottawa with a 2.39 GAA and a .912 save percentage, while Cal Petersen (4-3-1 on the year with a 3.12 GAA and a .889 save percentage) is 1-0-0 against the Senators historically with a 2.01 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The Kings are 8th in last goals scored per game this season (2.53), 9th in least goals given up on average (2.74), 18th in power play with an 18.2% conversion rate and 25th in penalty kill with 77.1% efficiency.

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Having had two full days of rest, the Kings return from their mini Thanksgiving break with a view to end a five-game losing skid. And what an opportunity they have to do so against a Senators side that not only has already lost nine of its past 12 trips to the City of Angels, but will also be playing without a breather, having been shut out with a count of 4-0 at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday afternoon. Ottawa has been struggling big time lately, posting just a single victory in its most recent 11 fixtures, losing by a margin of at least two snipes on an incredible seven (!) of the past nine occasions. Six of their eight road outings so far this season have all been defeats by more than one goal, so do back the Kings on the puck line in this one!

Prediction: Los Angeles Kings -1.5 (+110)

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This series has not excelled in goals lately, with the very last four head-to-head matchups between Ottawa and Los Angeles all finishing in the realm of just five markers, averaging no more than 4.25 tallies per encounter. When playing the second contest of a back-to-back set, the Senators have also cruised below the set goal-mark on 25 of the past 34 occasions. The Kings, meanwhile, have seen the Under pop up in 13 of their most recent 17 domestic fixtures. So, don’t expect a goals bonanza at Staples Center on Saturday!

Prediction: Under 5.5
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