How to Bet on LA Kings vs Boston Bruins
Some projected the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins to make the Stanley Cup Finals this summer. The Kings are doing their part as the Pacific Division leaders but the Bruins have somewhat underachieved. Los Angeles makes its only visit of the season to Boston on Tuesday night in NHL betting action.
Los Angeles At Boston NHL Odds & TV Info
When: Tuesday, February 6, 7 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Opening NHL Lines: Bruins -110, Kings +100 (5 goals)
Los Angeles At Boston Game Background
The Kings start a seven-game road trip here. They have been off since a 4-2 home loss to Anaheim on Thursday. The Ducks chased Kings goalie Jonathan Quick while routing the division-leading Kings, who have lost four of six in regulation for the first time this season. Tyler Toffoli matched his career high by scoring his 23rd goal during a power play for the Kings, who have lost three straight home games for the first time since the first three games of the season. Drew Doughty registered an assist. Doughty is on a four-game point streak. He has 10 goals and 31 points in 51 contests in 2015-16. Alec Martinez scored in the final minute. Left wing Kyle Clifford returned from a 24-game injury absence for the Kings, suiting up for the first time since Dec. 6.
Boston won a second straight Saturday, 2-1 in overtime against Buffalo. Brad Marchand scored the first overtime penalty shot in franchise history. Marchand got the penalty shot after being grabbed by defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen 2:32 into overtime. The Bruins wing came in on goalie Robin Lehner, shifted to his backhand and slipped a shot inside the right post for his ninth goal in nine games. Loui Eriksson also scored while the Bruins improved to 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Boston’s power play has cooled off after a hot start to the season, however. The Bruins have not scored in 14 chances in the last five games and they have registered two goals on their last 29 opportunities. Boston went 20 for 58 over the first 18 games of the season, so they still sit second in the league with the power play. Boston is now down to 24.1 percent success on the power play, not far behind league-leading Washington (24.5 percent).
“I’d be really worried if our power play couldn’t even get in or got in and the puck would be iced four, five, six times a power play,” Coach Claude Julien said. “Then you would say we’re not sustaining any type of pressure or any time in the zone. So that’s not the case. We just have to tweak a few things here or there and maybe find ways to finish, where we were a little bit better in the past.”
Since ending their pre-All-Star break schedule with a 6-2 loss to Anaheim, Boston has earned five of a possible six points against Toronto and Buffalo. The B’s have moved into third place in the Atlantic Division and fifth place in the Eastern Conference, and they find themselves just a single point behind the third-place Rangers. If they earn another two points against Los Angeles on Tuesday night at TD Garden, they could pull themselves back up to .500 at home before they head out on a season-long six-game road trip.
The Kings will begin their 50th anniversary celebration for this game. The National Hockey League officially granted the Kings franchise as the NHL expanded from its “Original Six” to 12 teams. On February 9, 1966, six conditional franchises were granted including the Kings. To help highlight the anniversary in Boston, the Kings will wear their Vintage (Gold) Jerseys.
Take Boston in what should be a low-scoring game. Home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Under is 5-1-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.