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#67 Los Angeles Kings 5.5 vs.
#68 St. Louis Blues -160
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:30pm EST
Enterprise Center, St Louis
Written by Valdis Pans

Two straight defeats take the St. Louis Blues (2nd in West Division) to their second consecutive home meeting against the Los Angeles Kings (4th in the West), who have triumphed in their last five fixtures.

Kings Extend Winning Streak

The current winning run of the Los Angeles Kings (8-6-3) expanded to five contests after the team banked a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Monday. Gabriel Vilardi (5 goals, 8 points this year) tallied during power play with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the opening frame, while Dustin Brown (10 goals, 16 points) buried a snipe at the end of each of the following two periods, including an empty-netter in the final third, while playing in his 1,200th NHL career game. Prior to the current streak, the Kings had dropped five decisions in a row (0-4-1). They are riding a six-game point streak at the moment (5-0-1).

Goalie Jonathan Quick made 31 saves on Monday for his second shutout in his last three starts and 54th of his NHL career. He is 5-2-2 for the rolling year with a 2.82 GAA and a .903 save percentage, and has registered an 11-15-3 previous total against the Blues with a 2.52 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Kings, meanwhile, are netting the 11th highest amount of goals per game this season (3.12), while giving up the 13th lowest quantity in their defensive zone (2.76). The team is 11th in power play with a 25.0% success rate (16-for-64) and 9th in penalty kill with a 83.3% efficiency (45-for-54).

Blues Lose Second In Row

The St. Louis Blues (10-7-2) were dealt their second straight defeat (0-2-0) and third in the past four fixtures (1-3-0) after being blanked with a count of 3-0 by the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center on Monday. The Blues matched L.A. in shots (31-31) and won 60% of all the face-offs, but failed on their only power-play opportunity and went just 1-for-2 on penalty kill, eventually being shut out for the third time this season and second in the last four games. St. Louis is 4-5-2 when skating on own ice in 2020-21, having gone 1-4-1 in its most recent six domestic outings.

Goalie Jordan Binnington turned away 28 shots on Monday and has now gone 8-5-2 for the current campaign with a 2.50 GAA and a .914 save percentage. He has recorded a 3-2-0 previous total against the Kings with a 2.23 GAA and a .925 save percentage. The Blues, meanwhile, are scoring the 13th highest quantity of goals per game this year (3.05), while allowing the 11th highest amount on the defensive end (3.00). The team is 26th in power play with a 13.8% conversion rate (8-for-58) and 27th in penalty kill with 73.5% effectiveness (50-for-68).

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Prior to Monday’s defeat to the Kings, the Blues were 7-0-0 in the first contest of their two-game sets this year. Ahead of Wednesday, they are 2-4-1 in the second fixture. And things are not looking any better for the 2019 Stanley Cup champions. With Carl Gunnarsson joining the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko on the sidelines, injuries continue to mount for the Blues, who have struggled to enforce any dominance on own ice lately, losing five of their last six home games. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is doing great! The team is riding a six-game point streak, having won the very last five contests, outscoring its opponents 19-6. The Kings are 9-4 in their previous 13 matchups against teams with a winning record and are set to complicate the life of the Blues even further.

Prediction: Los Angeles Kings (+140)

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Both teams are scoring more than three snipes per fixture this season, with the Kings averaging no less than 3.80 markers per contest in their last five matchups alone. So, yeah! Bank on this one to cruise past the set goal-mark with confidence! Ten of the previous 14 domestic games of the Blues have already ended up on the high-scoring side, as have eight of their past nine outings following a defeat by a margin of at least three snipes. The Kings, meanwhile, have gone over the total on four of their last six travels, recording an average of seven tallies per encounter.

Prediction: Over
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