NHL Odds, Pick & Preview: Kraken vs. Kings (March 28)
Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Jonathan Quick.
- The Kings are big favorites tonight against the Kraken.
- Seattle has been very underwhelming this season, while Los Angeles is competing for home-ice advantage.
- Jonny Lazarus breaks down the matchup and makes his betting pick below.
Kraken vs. Kings Odds
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The Kraken and Kings are set to play each other for the second time in three nights at Crypto.com Arena.
Los Angeles has gotten the better of Seattle in the previous two meetings, but it’s very hard to beat the same team three times in a row.
Kraken Trying To Remain Positive
The inaugural season for the Seattle Kraken has not been a very pretty one. They are 20-39-6 on the season and are dead last in the Pacific Division. With that being said, the Kraken have won three out of their last five games and are still playing competitive hockey despite not having a chance to make the playoffs.
During this five game span, the Kraken have scored 14 goals and allowed 15, but all of these games have been pretty close. Seattle hasn’t had much offensive production this season, as its leading scorer is Yanni Gourde, who only has 38 points in 57 games.
As a team, the Kraken rank 29th in offensive proficiency with 2.58 goals per game. They have the third-worst goal differential in the league at -62.
Phillipp Grubauer will most likely get the start and he has not had a great year in the blue paint. He is 15-27-5 with a .889 save percentage and a league worst -31.2 Goals Saved Above Expected ratings (GSAx). He allowed four goals on 27 shots in Saturday’s game.
Kings Creeping Up on Flames
The Kings have had an unexpectedly phenomenal season. They currently sit second in the Pacific Division and aren’t too far behind the Calgary Flames.
The Kings have a ton of injuries throughout their lineup right now, they are missing some key players like Dustin Brown, Andreas Athanasiou, Brendan Lemieux, Matt Roy, Mikey Anderson and, most importantly, Drew Doughty. These are a ton of holes to fill for this team, but they haven’t looked all that bad.
In their last five games, the Kings are 3-1-1 and they have scored 17 goals while allowing only 11. Cal Peterson started the last game and he played very well, only giving up two goals on 25 shots, but Jonathan Quick has looked like he is still in his prime this season.
Quick will most likely be the starter in this one after getting some extra rest. He’s 17-12-8 on the season with a .909 save percentage and the seventh-best GSAx in the NHL at +14.5. The Kings have the edge in goaltending in this contest.
Kraken vs. Kings Pick
Both teams are not known for their goal scoring, ranking toward the bottom of the NHL in offensive production.
The Kings shouldn’t have any issues shutting down the Kraken’s offense since they’re the eight-best defensive team in the NHL, only giving up 2.76 goals per game. Seattle has only scored three goals in the two games they’ve played against the Kings, and I don’t think they’ll be able to score more than two goals tonight.
Every game matters for the Kings right now as they look to secure home ice for the first round of the playoffs. Since they’re missing some key pieces, goal scoring will not come easily.
I don’t see this game being very wide open, the Kings should be able to score two or three goals while limiting the chances for Seattle. I think this game will stay under.
Pick: Under 6 (-110)
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