The first day of NHL playoffs begins with an interesting confrontation between St. Louis Blues and LA Kings, with the reigning champions being credited with the second chance. The Blues will have home pitch advantage in two of three games this series, due to better placement at the end of the regular season.

Match: St Louis vs LA Kings

Bet: LA Kings Moneyline

Odds: Unibet 2.10

St. Louis won three consecutive games before the season ended, which made a huge difference because they finished on the fourth place instead of the seventh. In the first round of the playoffs they will have the home pitch advantage against Los Angeles Kings, something that could weigh heavily in the balance. The Blues have strengthened their backline and won four out of the last five games by conceding a single goal, something they will try to replicate against the reigning champions.

LA Kings are one of the most difficult teams to beat at home, but in order to advance to the next stage of the competition they will need to win an away game. The two teams have met three times this year and the Kings emerged victorious every single time while scoring an average of five goals per match. In both their travels to St. Louis the visitors scored four times and they have plenty of capable players upfront to pose a real threat regardless of where the game is played.

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The head to head record is impressive, with LA Kings winning all games in the regular season and eliminating St. Louis from the playoffs last year. It makes perfect sense to back them at full stakes to win in the opening game, although a Moneyline wager with Unibet is a safer choice at odds of 2.10.