Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#235 Los Angeles Kings vs.
#236 Colorado Avalanche
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:00pm EDT
Pepsi Center, Denver
Written by Nick Raffoul

***This Contest Has Been PPD Due To Covid-19***

The Los Angeles Kings will close out the weekend with a matchup on the road at the Pepsi Center against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

Colorado leads the Honda West Division with 64 points and a 30-9-4 overall record in 43 games. Meanwhile, the Kings are 16-20-6 with 38 points in 42 contests, good for seventh place in the division race. The Avalanche have been nearly unbeatable at the Pepsi Center this season, going 18-4-2 in 24 home games, and they are 9-1-0 in their last 10 contests.

Can Colorado stay hot at home against the lowly Kings on Sunday night?

Petersen hoping for better results vs. Avalanche

The Kings came up short at home 6-2 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday evening. Trevor Moore scored twice and Adrian Kempe had two assists for the Kings, who lost for the sixth time in eight games. Jonathan Quick got the start but was pulled after just 15:25, as he allowed three goals on just eight shots. Calvin Petersen took over, stopping 21 of 24 shots in the loss.

Petersen is scheduled to be back between the pipes for the Kings on Sunday evening. The 26-year-old put together a strong start to the season but has regressed as of late, dropping each of his last five starts. Petersen comes in with a 7-11-4 overall record to go along with a 2.74 GAA and .918 save percentage in 24 games (22 starts). However, he is 0-4-0 with an unsightly 3.68 GAA and .894 save percentage in five starts during the month of April.

Petersen has seen the Avalanche three times already, and despite performing well, is still looking for his first of against them this season. He comes in with a 0-3-0 record to go along with a 2.37 GAA and .936 save percentage in those matchups. The Kings’ netminder is winless in four career starts against the Avs.

Colorado dealing with COVID-19 outbreak

UPDATE: As a result of a third Avalanche player entering COVID-19 protocols, Colorado had its next three games postponed. Colorado hasn’t played since beating the St. Louis Blue 4-3 to win its fourth straight game back on April 14.

Colorado will lean on newly-acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk for his second start with the team on Sunday night. Acquired from the San Jose Sharks after posting a disappointing first half, Dubnyk is hoping to find his form down the stretch for a team that is expected to contend for a Stanley Cup. The 34-year-old comes in with a 4-9-2 overall record to go along with a 3.17 GAA and .899 save in 18 games (14 starts) this season.

The veteran goaltender performed well in his only start of the year versus Los Angeles, stopping 32 of 34 shots but still took a tough-luck loss for his efforts. Dubnyk has played in 18 career games (17 starts) against the Kings, going 9-6-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .927 save percentage in those matchups.

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It’s hard not to like the Avalanche in this matchup. Colorado is 17-1-2 in its last 20 games and should be able to continue that streak on Sunday. Petersen has performed well against Colorado this season but remains winless against the Avalanche in his career. He also comes into this matchup playing arguably his worst hockey of the season, posting a 3.68 GAA over his last five starts. Take Colorado to cover the puck line at home in this Honda West Division clash at the Pepsi Center on Sunday.

 

Prediction: Colorado Avalanche -1.5

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With these two goaltenders between the pipes for this matchup, it’s hard not to expect this to turn into a high-scoring affair. Colorado leads the NHL in goals per game at 3.58 per contest and it sports the eighth-best power play in the league. The Avalanche have had Petersen’s number throughout his career and the Kings’ goaltender has been mired in a slump as of late. Meanwhile, Dubnyk has been playing at a replacement level since the start of the 2019-2020 season. Take this matchup to go over the projected total on Sunday.

Prediction: Over
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