National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and the Pacific Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Los Angeles Kings pay a visit to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina to grapple with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Kings are off a 4-3 loss to the Lightning on the road, while the Hurricanes are off a 3-1 home win over the Avalanche. Goalie Probables: The Kings will send out Jonathan Quick in this one and the Hurricanes will counter with Cam Ward.
Kings Come Up Short Against The Lightning
The Los Angeles Kings have been playing well of late as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. The Kings are off a 4-3 loss to the Lightning on the road, but they have still won five of their last seven games. They are now in the 9th slot in the Western Conference playoff standings but are just one point behind the Minnesota Wild for the 8th spot and just one point behind the Flames for the 5th spot. They are a solid team and they played a good game against the Lightning but came up just a bit short. The Kings were down 4-1 in the 3rd and scored two goals in the final frame, but they just couldn’t get that tying goal. Scoring for the Kings in the loss was Jonny Brodzinski, which was his 4th of the year, Kyle Clifford, which was his 3rd and Christian Folin, which was his 3rd. The Kings have gone 16-13 on the road and they have averaged 2.83 gpg and have allowed 2.48 gpg in those games.
Taking the loss against the Lightning was Jonathan Quick, who allowed just one goal of 14 shot attempts after relieving an ineffective Darcy Kuemper, who allowed three goals on 14 shot attempts. Quick is now 21-21 with a 2.46 GAA and a .921 save percentage on the year, including 12-11 with a 2.55 GAA and a .920 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 120-128 with a 2.45 GAA on the road and 28-19 with a 2.27 GAA against the Metro Division, while against the Hurricanes he has gone 5-2 with a 1.91 GAA.
The Kings have been a below average offensive team so far as they come in ranked 18th in the league in scoring at 2.85 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots taken (30.8 spg) and 19th in power play conversions, converting on 19.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very good so far as they come in ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up just 2.42 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots allowed (31.2 spg) and 2nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 15.4% of their chances.
Solid Effort From Ward Takes Down Avs
The Carolina Hurricanes continue to hang in the race for a playoff spot as they come in off a 3-1 home win over the Colorado Avalanche to move into the 8th slot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Canes have now won five of their last eight games, but the offense has been an issue for them of late as they have averaged just 2.20 gpg over their last 10 games. That puts plenty of pressure on the goaltending and while it has been solid of late, they still need more offense to grab a playoff spot. Scoring in their win over the Avs was Brock McGinn, who scored twice and now has 10 on the year and Jeff Skinner, which was his 16th of the year. The Canes have gone 14-14 here at home for the year and have averaged 2.50 gpg and have allowed 2.68 gpg in those games.
Cam Ward has been solid for the Canes this year and he had a big effort in their win over the Avalanche as he stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced in the game to improve to 16-10 with a 2.59 GAA and a .913 save percentage on the year, including 8-5 with a 2.20 GAA and a .923 save percentage here at home. Scott Darling was brought in this year to take over the top goalie spot on the team, but he has struggled and the job was given back to Ward. In his career, Ward has gone 182-149 with a 2.54 GAA in his home games and 27-33 with a 2.88 GAA against the Pacific Division, while against the Kings he has gone 5-5 with a 2.08 GAA.
Carolina has been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring 2.64 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots taken (34.1 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 18.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been below average so far as they come in ranked 18th in goals allowed, giving up 2.91 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots allowed (29.1 spg) and 17th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.9% of their chances.
Los Angeles is:
- The Under is 34-16-7 in their last 57 road games
- The Under is 6-2 in their last eight games playing on two days rest
- The Under is 9-1 in Hurricanes last 10 vs. the Western Conference
- The Under is 7-1-2 the last 10 games in this series
The Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes are both fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences. The Kings have been decent on offense this year, but Cam Ward has been solid in the crease at home where he has a 2.20 GAA and the Canes have allowed just 12 goals over their last seven games. The Kings have been one of the better teams in the crease this year and they have allowed just 2.48 gpg on the road, while the Canes have averaged just 2.00 gpg over their last seven games. Carolina’s last seven games have averaged just 3.57 gpg and that clinches the under for me.