NHL Picks LA Kings Moneyline Over St. Louis Blues

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:59 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 7:59 PM UTC

Our NHL odds expert examines the game on Thursday between the Blues/Kings. Join us in reading this informative hockey betting preview article that includes a free NHL pick against the moneyline.

Elite Western Conference Matchup
The Kings will host the Blues on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the opening face-off scheduled for 10:35 PM ET. According to NHL odds, the Kings are a -132 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Since the start of the 2011-2012 NHL campaign the Los Angeles Kings have dominated the Blues by winning 16 of their 20-meetings. These teams have seen just 6 of their last 23-games played against each other go over the total.


Having the Blues on the Road
This will be the first road game of the season for the St. Louis Blues. After starting last season by going an outstanding 24-14 in their first 38-games on the road, the Blues finished the year by losing 6 consecutive away contests. The Blues also saw just 2 of their 11 regular season games go over the total last year, when installed as an away moneyline underdog. St. Louis opened this season at home with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the New York Rangers, and then bounced back with a 4-1 home win this past Saturday over the Calgary Flames. The Blues will enter this game having the luxury of 4-days of rest. Since 11/19/2009 they’ve gone 7-2 when playing on exactly 4-days of rest, and that includes winning their only 2 road games in that scenario.


Hail to the Kings
The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings didn’t start the season on a positive note. They opened at home with a 4-0 embarrassing loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, and then followed it up with a 3-2 road defeat at Arizona. However, they snapped out of that miniature funk with 2 home wins, defeating Winnipeg 4-1, and Tuesday’s 6-1 dismantling of the Edmonton Oilers. The Kings haven’t gone over the total in any of the last 8, and just 1 of their last 11 after scoring 5-goals or more in their previous game. They’ve also gone under the total in their last 5 regular season home games, following a contest in which they scored 5 or more goals.


Final Analysis
For this NHL picks article I dug deep into the archives in order to find the answer to, how does a road money line underdog playing on exactly 4-days of rest, and comes off a home favorite win by 3-goals or more had done. The situation has only transpired 16-time since 1996, and the road underdog has gone a dismal 4-12. We must also consider how dominant the Kings have been against some very good Blues teams during the past 3-seasons, and it would be very difficult to fade the home team in this spot. Especially considering how well the Kings have played in their previous 2-games.

Free Pick: Kings -135 over the Blues at The Greek 

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