Los Angeles Kings vs Minnesota Wild NHL Pick – January 26

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games on Tuesday night. Thirteen games will be up on the board throughout January 26. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have had solid starts to the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 2-2-2 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them sitting in a tie for fifth place of the West Division. The Kings are coming off a win in their last game and have won two of their last three. Los Angeles will look to build off of that as they meet up with Minnesota in this one.

The Wild have put up a record of 4-2 so far this season, which has them sitting in second place of the West Division. Minnesota lost their last game, which ended a small two game winning streak. The Wild have started this season strong and will look to keep it going as they host the Kings on Tuesday night. I expect a good matchup between these two teams.

These two teams have earned solid records to this point in the season, which should lead to a good game on Tuesday night. Los Angeles has gotten in the win column recently and will look to keep up the winning streak with a win in this one. The Wild find themselves in the second seed in the West Division and will look to build up a lead in the division with a win on January 26.

Previous Matchups

The Kings and the Wild met up three times throughout last season. The first game was in Minnesota, where the Wild were able to earn a 5-1 victory. The second game shifted to Los Angeles, where the Kings won 3-1. The final game of the season series stayed in Los Angeles and the Kings were able to win 7-3 to win the season series.

These two teams have already met up twice this season as well. Los Angeles hosted the first game on January 14. Jeff Carter had a goal and an assist, while Anze Kopitar had two assists on the night. Kirill Kaprizov scored the game winner in overtime and added two assists. Cam Talbot stopped 31 of 34 shots as Minnesota took a 4-3 win in overtime.

The second game of the season series stayed in Los Angeles on January 16. Jeff Carter had another two points for the Kings, but once again it was not enough. Mathew Dumba had two goals, while Jordan Greenway and Ryan Suter had two assists each. Marcus Johansson scored the game winner in overtime to propel the Wild to another 4-3 win in overtime.

Los Angeles was able to win last season’s series with two wins at home. The Wild took the first two games of this season series on the road, which has helped propel them into a strong start. The Kings will look to bounce back after losing those two games in overtime. Los Angeles will look to start stronger to try and build up a lead on Minnesota in this one.

Special Teams

The Kings have had a strong start on special teams early in this season. Los Angeles has been able to capitalize on 6 of their 26 power play opportunities, which gives them a 23.1 percent power play. The Kings have also killed off 21 of 25 power plays against, which has given them an 84 percent kill rate this season. Los Angeles will look to keep up their special teams in this one.

Minnesota has struggled to get going on the power play this season, but have been great on the penalty kill. The Wild have scored on 2 of their 27 power play chances, which is a 7.4 percent success rate. Minnesota’s penalty kill has killed off 18 of their opponents 20 power play attempts, which is a 90 percent penalty kill. The Wild will look to get going on the power play in this one.

Los Angeles has the edge in this one with their power play. The Kings have been able to get going on the power play this season, while the Wild’s power play has struggled. Los Angeles and Minnesota both have strong penalty kills this season, which could neutralize the power play in this one. If either team can get going on the power play in this one, it could give them the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Jonathan Quick to get the start in net for Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Quick has started four games this season, earning a record of 2-0-2 so far. He has put up a save percentage of .898 and a 3.15 GAA. Quick’s last game came against St. Louis, where he stopped 28 of 31 shots in the win. He will look to put up another strong performance in this one.

Cam Talbot will likely get the nod in the crease for the Wild in this matchup. Talbot has earned a record of 2-1 through his games played this season. He has posted a .925 save percentage and a GAA of 2.34. Talbot’s last start was against the San Jose Sharks, where he gave up 1 goal on 12 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Talbot will look to come out hot in this one as well.

These two goalies have had solid starts to the season. Quick has earned a point in each of his starts, but has not had the best save percentage early in the season. Talbot will look to come out hot in this one after leaving early in Friday night’s game. I expect these two goalies to try and make some big saves early to set the pace for their team.

Pick Overview

The Kings have struggled against the Wild early in this season, losing back to back games in overtime to open up the season. Los Angeles will look to come out hot in this one as they try to finally knock off Minnesota. If the Kings can use special teams to their advantage in this one, I think that they can pull off the upset on the road.

BetOnline has the Wild listed as a -155 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. I believe that this line should be closer to even. The Wild have been the better team this season, but Los Angeles has found a groove as of late and will look to build upon that in this one. If the Kings can come out hot, I think they can knock off Minnesota.

The Bet
Los Angeles Kings
+140
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.