On Wednesday night, TNT offers a matchup of a team fighting for its Western Conference playoff life against the conference powerhouse. The Los Angeles Kings have overcome injuries and a lack of reliable goal-scoring for a tenuous hold on one of the final Western Conference playoff positions. By contrast, the Colorado Avalanche is running away and hiding with the top seed in the Western Conference. Colorado is a Stanley Cup favorite for the third consecutive season.
The Colorado Avalanche will host the Los Angeles Kings at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. This game will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 9:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on TNT.
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For this matchup, most of the gambling activities will be on Colorado. The Avalanche have been so impressive that even bargain hunters are hesitant to step into them at home. Of course, Colorado is flashing a dominant look, which means a consistently high price, especially at Ball Arena. Oddsmakers have to jack up the price enough to scare off the masses for an overload on the Avs.
On the other hand, the Kings have hit a rough stretch leading up to this game. The price on the Kings will be attractive, but gamblers will still be asking if it is big enough to justify the risk.
Los Angeles Kings
Los Angeles brings a record of 38-26-10 with 32-40 under the total. NHL metrics show the Kings ranked 22nd for goal scoring, 28th for power play efficiency, 9th for goals against, and 22nd for penalty killing. Los Angeles has lost five of its last seven games. The Kings have gone under the total in four of their previous five outings.
Center Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 18 goals and 43 assists, good for 61 points. Kopitar has long been known as one of the most complete players in the game but is a -10 this season.
Right wing Adrian Kemp exploded for a career year in 2021-22. Kemp has a team-best 32 goals with 16 assists and a -6. Previously, his best single-season goal total was 16 in 2017-18.
Defenseman Drew Doughty has been a mainstay and is having a solid season. Doughty has seven goals, 24 assists, and a +4.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick has a save percentage of .908, with Cal Petersen at .899.
Colorado brings a record of 52-14-6 with 37-30 over the total. NHL metrics show the Avalanche ranked 3rd for goal scoring, 5th for power play efficiency, 7th for goals against, and 18th for penalty killing. Colorado has gotten the money in eight of its most recent ten games. The Avalanche have gone under the total in five of their last seven games.
It has been another strong regular season for the Avalanche. But the only thing that matters for Colorado is the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Right wing Mikko Rantanen leads the Avalanche with 35 goals, 51 assists, and a +33. Cale Makar has emerged as one of the NHL’s best defensemen. This season Makar has 25 goals, 52 assists, and a +43.
Number one goaltender Darcy Kuemper has been strong with a .926 save percentage. Pavel Francouz checks in at .917.
Los Angeles vs. Colorado Prediction
Los Angeles is 13-7 and 2-5 over/under the total in away games. Colorado is 16-4 and 1-5 over/under the total in home games.
In sum, Los Angeles 1-9 vs. Colorado. The Kings and Avalanche are 2-6 over/under the total. And then at Colorado, the Kings are 1-5 against the Avalanche. These teams are 3-4 over/under the total at Ball Arena.
In this situation, Colorado with the puck line is the best play.
BookMaker Pick: Colorado Avalanche Puck Line
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