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Kings-Wild Betting Preview: The NHL’s Slowest Teams Meet in Minnesota

Jan 15, 2019 4:55 PM EST
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Orlando Ramirez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Dustin Brown

Betting odds: Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild

  • Kings moneyline: +150
  • Wild moneyline: -170
  • Over/Under: 5.5
  • Channel: NBCSN
  • Puck Drop: 8 p.m. ET

2018-19 NHL Record: 31-34, +8.32 units


>> All odds as of 12 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NHL odds and track your bets


The Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild, two of the NHL’s most lumbering teams, will meet on national television on Tuesday night.

In fact the Kings and Wild rank last and second-to-last, respectively, in “expected goals (xG) pace.” That doesn’t sound like a recipe for an exciting encounter tonight but that doesn’t mean there’s not some value in this one.

Los Angeles ranks 28th in the NHL in expected goals for per 60 minutes, averaging 2.17 xGF/60, but rank in the top 10 in xGA/60 and have the third-highest expected save percentage (xSV%) at 5v5. The Kings, who aren’t very good, have a clear strength — their defense.

The same can be said of the Wild, who are better than the Kings. Minnesota ranks first in the NHL in xGA/60 (2.01) and in xSV% but are mediocre in terms of generating offense.

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