NHL Odds and Prediction: Kings vs. Kraken (April 27)
Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Jonathan Quick.
- The Kraken are home underdogs on Wednesday night against the Kings.
- Both teams have played in low-scoring games of late, but is there value on backing this trend to continue?
- Tony Sartori breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.
Kings vs. Kraken Odds
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We have a Pacific Division tilt on Wednesday night as the third-place Los Angeles Kings travel to Seattle to take on the eighth-place Kraken. This is the fourth meeting between these two teams this season as there have been six or fewer total goals scored in two of the first three matchups.
Will we get another low-scoring affair between these two teams, or will we see more goals scored this time around?
Kings Have Played in Low-Scoring Games Recently
The Los Angeles Kings enter this contest following Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Saturday’s game was yet another low-scoring outing for the Kings as they have seen six or fewer total goals scored in eight of their last 11 games.
Jonathan Quick is the projected starting goaltender for the Kings and has been on fire recently. Quick has now allowed two or fewer goals in four straight starts, posting an outstanding 0.944 save percentage over that stretch.
This recent play should not come as too much of a surprise as Quick currently ranks third among starting goaltenders in five-on-five Goals Saved Above Expected per 60 minutes (GSAx). The Kings’ blue line should help out Quick as the Kings currently rank 11th in the league in five-on-five Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes (xGA).
Additionally, we may not get too much scoring from the Kings as their offense has gone cold recently. Over their last 13 contests, the Kings are averaging just 2.85 goals scored per game.
Can the Kraken Survive the Back-to-Back?
The Seattle Kraken enter this matchup on the second half of a back-to-back following Tuesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. We could see some tired legs from Seattle at this point of the season playing for a second consecutive night, especially considering they are not playing for anything.
Prior to Tuesday, there have been six or fewer total goals scored in seven of Seattle’s last 10 games. While the Kraken are not good at much, their blue line has been solid this year.
Currently, the Kraken rank ninth in the league in five-on-five Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes (xGA). Chris Driedger is the projected starting goaltender for Seattle and has had Los Angeles’ number this season.
Over his two starts against the Kings, Driedger has stopped 55 of 58 shots for a stellar 0.948 save percentage. Driedger has allowed two or fewer goals in four of his last seven starts and could be in a good position once again as he goes against Los Angeles.
Kings vs. Kraken Pick
Both of these teams are rolling into this game with strong under trends, and I am backing that to continue. Quick has been outstanding, and Driedger has done well against Los Angeles this year.
I would not play this total if It drops to 5.5 before puck drop.
Pick: Under 6 Goals (-115) | Play up to (-125)
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