National Hockey League action on Monday evening and the Pacific Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Los Angeles Kings duke it out with the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Kings are off a 5-4 OT loss to the Bruins on the road, while the Capitals are off a 5-4 OT loss to the Panthers at home.
Kings Suffer Tough Loss In Beantown
The Los Angeles Kings had been playing a bit better of late, but they do come in off a tough 5-4 OT loss to the Bruins on the road. The Kings had won their previous three games in a row and will be looking to start a new streak in this one. LA has been the worst team in the league for much of the year, but now they share that distinction with the Ducks. Both teams have just 51 points so far, which is the fewest in the league, but still, both teams are just eight points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference standings. Scoring in the loss to the Bruins was Alex Iafallo, which was his 11th of the year, Anze Kopitar, which was his 17th, Nate Thompson, which was his 4th and Oscar Fantenberg, which was his first of the year.
"It's definitely a tough loss because I think we were in the driver's seat tonight."
– Nate Thompson after the LA Kings OT loss in Boston pic.twitter.com/5c45VKwCoB
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 9, 2019
Absorbing the loss to the Bruins was Jonathan Quick, who allowed five goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 11-17 with a 2.92 GAA and a .902 save percentage on the year, including 4-9 with a 3.31 GAA and a .894 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-2 with a 2.23 GAA against the Capitals. The Kings have gone 11-18 on the road and they have averaged 2.10 gpg and have allowed 2.93 gpg in those games. Los Angeles enters this game ranked 28th in the league in power play conversions at 15.3% and 29th in penalty kill at 75.9%.
Struggles Continue For The Capitals
The Washington Capitals have been an inconsistent team this year and that inconsistency continued in their last game as they lost to the Florida Panthers at home by a score of 5-4 in OT. Washington is now just 3-9 over their last 12 games and while they are in 2nd place in the Metro, they have fallen five points behind the Islanders. We do note that they are in 4th pace in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers had a 2-0 lead in the win, but the Caps were able to fight back and the game eventually went to OT, where the Panthers eventually won it. Scoring in the loss was Brett Connolly, who scored twice and now has 12 goals on the year, Lars Eller, which was his 7th of the year, and Evgeny Kuznetsov, which was his 13th.
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 10, 2019
Taking the loss to the Panthers was Braden Holtby, who allowed five goals on 31 shot attempts to fall to 19-16 with a 3.07 GAA and a .906 save percentage on the year, including 12-11 with a 2.86 GAA and a .912 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 1-3 with a 2.51 GAA against the Kings. Washington has gone 16-14 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.27 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games. The Capitals check in ranked 13th in power play conversions at 21.0% and 23rd in penalty kill at 78.3%.
- 3-7 in their last 10 vs. the Western Conference
- 1-5 in their last 6 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game
Los Angeles is:
- 6-1 in their last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the Metropolitan
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will take a shot with the Kings in this one. The Capitals have been inconsistent of late as they are just 3-9 over their last 12 games and should not be favored by this much over an LA team that has been playing better of late. Jonathan Quick has had his issues this year, but we also note that he is 9-2 with a 2.23 GAA against the Capitals in his career, while Holtby is 1-3 with a 2.51 GAA against the Kings. The clincher is the fact6 that the Kings are 19-7-1 the last 27 games in this series.
Prediction: Los Angeles +180
Full-Game Total Pick
I will look for this one to go Over the total. The Kings have struggled to score on the road for much of the year, but they have turned it around of late, scoring 15 goals in the last four games of this road trip, plus we note that the Caps have allowed 4.40 gpg over their last 10 games. Washington has averaged 3.10 gpg over their last 10 games, while the Kings have averaged 3.00 gpg over the same stretch. The Over is 5-1 in Los Angeles’ last six road games and 9-2 in Washington’s last 11 after allowing five goals or more in their previous game.
Prediction: Over 5.5