Rising Kings Dominate NHL Odds for Game vs Carolina
Momentum has a huge role to play in sports, which is why we so often see teams go on winning streaks that make them a sure bet night in and night out. One of the things that can kill a streak is a bit of a layoff, which is something that the LA Kings will be facing this week. They will play the second of consecutive night games on Friday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at the Staples Center.
Date/Time: Friday, October 23rd, 10:30 PM
It was a decidedly off year for the Kings (2-3-0), as problems off the ice and on derailed their season and caused them to miss the playoffs. Fans were assured that the off-ice issues were dealt with, and that the on ice product would be better as a result. That did not prove to be the case, as the Kings were rather soundly beaten in each of their first 3 games of the season. They did bounce back with wins over the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche last weekend, but you have wonder if their momentum has been stalled with a 4-day layoff prior to scoring a 4-1 win in Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
The start to the season has been all the more disappointing when you consider that the Kings had their first 5 games at home. The road is calling now, and they are going to have to find a way to start scoring more than their 1.2 goals per game average if they don’t want to have a similar season to last year.
Rebuilding is usually just a polite way of saying that a team is not going to be very good in the upcoming season. That is what the Carolina Hurricanes (2-4-0) are doing right now, and it’s beginning to look as though it might be a long, painful process. The Hurricanes dropped their opening 3 games of the season, but seem to have found a little bit of form with 2 wins in their last 3. Both wins came on the road, as Carolina are right in the idle of a brutal 7-game road trip right now.
NHL Betting Trends
- Carolina is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- Carolina is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
- Carolina is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Los Angeles
- Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Los Angeles
Los Angeles Kings
- Los Angeles is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Carolina
- Los Angeles is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Carolina
After they finish up with the Kings on Friday, they then have to go and face the Sharks, Red Wings, and Islanders, which isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. The Hurricanes have been battling hard so far, but they will need more than fight in order to avoid a brutal season. It was a series split between these two last year, with the home team being the victor on each occasion. I’m looking at more of the same this season, which is why I am taking the Kings to win in a low-scoring affair.