LA Kings saw its four-games winning streak interrupted by Vancouver, as a result of subpar goaltending and chronic ineffectiveness upfront. A match against Nashville should mark the beginning of a new winning streak, with the Predators having the worse offensive in NHL.
Match: LA Kings vs Nashville
Bet: LA Kings
Odds: Unibet 2.05
One of the reasons for why the Kings have been so effective at home and won 5/7 games is that they’ve enjoyed stellar goaltending from Jonathan Quick. He gave up four goals in the game played against the Canadian team, but the Canucks were very aggressive, as they always are when playing in Vancouver. Now that the final game of the series between the Kings and the Predators unfolds in Los Angeles, the hosts are poised to avoid the first series sweep in more than four years.
The head to head record is extraordinary for LA, but due to the NHL lockout two of the games have been canceled and the best the Kings can hope for is one victory. With the Predators scoring an average of two goals per game and losing four out of the most recent five games, Quick has an excellent opportunity to return to his winning ways. What the Kings need to achieve is exercising a constant pressure over the visitors, and maximizing their percentage in power-play opportunities.
The bookmakers were not deceived by the recent defeat suffered by LA Kings and neither should be punters, who are advised to take advantage of the above evens odds offered by Unibet. Another way of tackling this game would be to bet on few goals to be scored, but with the line standing at 5 goals and the odds being below 1.70, the risks are simply not worth taking.