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Posted at 11:30 AM EST.
10:35 PM EST. Regulation only. Six and counting. That’s the number of games the Kings have lost in succession while scoring one goal in each of their last three games. The good news for L.A. is that the Rangers are coming to town, which is a giant step down in class for this host. L.A.’s past six games, all losses, came against Calgary, Nashville, Anaheim, San Jose, Pittsburgh and Anaheim again. Those are six playoff teams that are among the hottest teams in the league recently. After playing that bunch, this game against the Rangers should appear in slow motion for the Kings. Hungrier than ever for wins, we can’t imagine for a second that the Kings will be flat here.
By contrast, the Rangers have played the easiest schedule (ranked 31st) in the NHL. When teams’ play an easy schedule they’re supposed to have some skewed numbers to go along with it but the only skewed number the Rags have is the amount of points they have accumulated. The Rangers have allowed the most shots and attempts in the NHL. Analytically speaking, they rank dead last in 5v5 Score and Venue Adjusted Corsi Against per 60 minutes in each and every month this season. They also rank dead last in 5v5 Score and Venue Adjusted Corsi For % since the beginning of December. The Rangers went into Colorado yesterday and after getting dominated in the first period, they actually played a pretty decent final two periods in a 3-1 loss and to that we say big deal. The Rangers act will now go from Colorado to Los Angeles and there’s a great chance that Ondrej Pavelec will be in goal, as Henrik played yesterday. Regardless, the Kings could seriously not have handpicked a team more beatable than the Rangers and thus, L.A. likely gets off the mattress here with a dominating performance and easy victory because everyone dominates the Rangers.
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LOS ANGELES -½ +111 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.22)