Los Angeles Kings will take on Tampa Bay Lightning and close Tuesday’s NHL 2021-22 action. The home side’s winning streak ended in the latest round, and they look forward to getting back on the winning track. The visitors have played very well lately, searching for the fourth victory in a row.
Los Angeles significantly improved its playoffs chances thanks to very good displays in the last few weeks. However, the hosts need to be consistent to secure the post-season ticket. On the other hand, the defending champions are on the right track to entering the Stanley Cup battles. They have looked very confident lately, and the away side hopes to continue in the same fashion.
Los Angeles Kings – Can they bounce back?
The Kings enjoyed a four-game winning streak until the latest match away to the Blues. That streak launched them to 2nd place in the Pacific Division with a 20-14-5 record. However, Los Angeles is only five points ahead of the fifth-placed Flames, who also have five games in hand. Therefore, it’s going to be a very exciting playoffs battle in the Pacific Division. The Kings suffered a 5-2 defeat against St. Louis, mostly due to a very poor first period, in which they lost 4-1. Jonathan Quick had a terrible evening between the pipes, conceding six times from just 17 opponent’s attempts.
Anze Kopitar is the Kings’ most productive player with 35 points, including a team-high 23 assists. Adrian Kempe tops the scorers’ chart with 17 goals, contributing with 24 points in total. Alex Iafallo and Viktor Arvidsson have produced 24 points each, while two other skaters have chipped in with 20+ points. On the goal, Jonathan Quick has been Los Angeles’s first-choice goalie, having a .915 save percentage and allowing 2.53 goals per match.
Expected Line-Up: Jonathan Quick, Matt Roy, Tobias Bjornfot, Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Viktor Arvidsson
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Tampa Bay Lightning – Will they extend their winning streak?
The Lightning have entered another successful run, as they have celebrated three times in a row. They are joint first in the Atlantic Division with a 26-9-5 record, and the defending champions will likely have the chance to fight for another Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay has been pretty good on the road, as they booked two straight wins on the away ice. They go to this one after a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars. Andrei Vasilevskiy was almost unbeatable on the goal with a .950 save percentage, while Nikita Kucherov led their way to the victory with two assists.
Steven Stamkos has been Tampa Bay’s top scorer with 18 goals, while he also produced the most points – 46. Victor Hedman is the best assistant with 33, contributing with a total of 40 points. Alex Killorn has chipped in with 36 points, while Ondrej Palat managed to reach a 30-point mark. Three other skaters contributed with 20 points at least. On the other hand, Andrei Vasilevskiy has spent most of the time on the goal with 31 appearances and a very good .924 save percentage. Tampa Bay booked 22 wins with him between the pipes, while he has allowed only 2.14 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Brian Elliott, Jan Rutta, Victor Hedman, Alex Barre-Boulet, Ondrej Palat, Steven Stamkos
Expert Pick #1 – Lightning to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-210
Although the home side has been very good lately, the Lightning are strong favorites in this one. They’ll have more players in the rotation, and I expect the visitors to book their fourth straight win. Therefore, Tampa Bay is going to be my first pick here.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @+105
I expect tired legs from the Kings here, and they need to be very disciplined in the defense to secure a positive result in this match. Tampa Bay has been pretty good in the back lately, conceding four goals in total in the previous three games. I’ll slide to the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 @+125
The Lightning have been very confident lately, and I believe they’ll get back home with another win. They had an extra day to recover and prepare for this game, and I see a good opportunity in backing them on the puck line market for the plus money odds.