After winning seven consecutive games, Minnesota lost two of the last three and it needs to rebound before Vancouver can widen its lead in the Northwest division. The Wild face tough opponent this week and they will meet LA Kings just one day after facing the red-hot San Jose Sharks.
Match: LA Kings vs Minnesota
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: Unibet 1.95
One of the reasons for why Minnesota was capable of closing the gap separating them from the Canucks was their outstanding offensive. With an average of four goals scored per game during the winning streak, the Wild outshot and overpowered opponents both at home and away. Recently they’ve lost a tempo and now that they will be playing without center Matt Cullen, things can turn from bad to worse.
Both the Sharks and the Kings have big players in their roster and play aggressive hockey at home, which means that the visitors need to find a way to avoid being pushed around. They find themselves all too often with one less man on the ice and their penalty killing unit is not doing a great job. LA Kings have lost any chance of catching up with Anaheim and are now focusing on qualifying for the fourth place to secure home ice advantage in the first playoffs round. Despite the recent struggles, they remain an outstanding team at Staples Center and have recent tradition on their side.
Unlike their opponents who faced a lot of adversity both at home and away, LA Kings are fortunate to have their best players on the ice and fit to play. Unibet offers odds of 1.95 for a home win in regulation time, and punters would be wise to place their bets soon rather than later as they are expected to drop.