Colorado Avalanche will host the Los Angeles Kings in Wednesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22 action. The home side wants to pick up where it left off and continue its winning run. The visitors haven’t enjoyed a good form lately, and they want to try to provide a surprise here.
Colorado has been the most dominant team in the NHL this season, and they are full of confidence. The hosts have already secured the playoffs spot, and they want to continue in the same fashion. On the other hand, Los Angeles fights for the post-season ticket, but they need to improve their form. The away side needs to get back on the winning track to continue its campaign in the playoffs.
Colorado Avalanche – Will they stay on the winning ways?
The Avalanche has been on fire lately, winning six times in a row. They return to the home ice, hoping to extend their successful run. Colorado tops the Central Division and the Western Conference with a 52-14-6 record, and they are 16 points ahead of the Minnesota Wild. The Avs went on a trip to Edmonton in their most recent outing, managing to return home with a win after the shootout. Although the Oilers had 50 shots, the Avs allowed just one goal in that match, with Darcy Kuemper having a .980 save percentage.
Mikko Rantanen has been the most productive player in Colorado’s offense with a total of 86 points, including a team-high 35 goals. Nazem Kadri tops the assists charts with 57 while contributing with 83 pts. Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon have 77 points each, while three other skaters managed to chip in with 40+ pts. Regarding the goaltending, Darcy Kuemper has enjoyed most of the action between the pipes, making 50 appearances. He allows 2.37 goals per game on average, having a . 926 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Darcy Kuemper, Erik Johnson, Cale Makar, Alex Newhook, Andre Burakovsky, Mikko Rantanen
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Los Angeles Kings – Can they bounce back?
The Kings still sit in the top three of the Pacific Division with a 38-26-10 record, but they are only two points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights. However, the visitors cannot be happy with their current form, as they go to this encounter after three consecutive defeats. In fact, Los Angeles booked only three wins on the previous nine occasions. They head to the second straight outing, and in the previous one, they suffered a 6-3 defeat in the hands of the Minnesota Wild. Although they had 34 shots, one more than their rivals, the Kings were poor in the back, allowing six goals.
Anze Kopitar has contributed the most to the Kings’ offense with 61 points, topping the assists charts at the same time with 43. Adrian Kempe is the teams’ best scorer with 32 goals while contributing with 48 pts. Trevor Moore and Phillip Danaultn have produced 44 points each, while Viktor Arvidsson also managed to cross the 40-point mark. On the other hand, Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen split their time between the pipes, combining for a .906 save percentage and allowing 2.80 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Jonathan Quick, Tobias Bjornfot, Matt Roy, Adrian Kempe, Anze Kopitar, Phillip Danault
Expert Pick #1 – Colorado Avalanche -1.5 @+105
Colorado booked six straight wins, and they are firm favorites in this encounter, although the Kings fight for the playoffs spot. I believe the home side will meet expectations and book a comfortable win by at least two goals. Therefore, I’ll back them on the puck line market as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6 @-115
Their head-to-head clashes haven’t been very productive lately, and this one might stay under the margin as well. None of their previous 13 encounters went over a 6 margin, and I expect the tradition to continue. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Kings Under 2.5 @-140
Consequently, I don’t see Los Angeles finding the back of the net more than twice in this matchup. They scored a total of just two goals on the previous four occasions against the Avs, and they face them on the away ice on Wednesday evening. Although the odds are slightly lower, I’ll take this as my third pick