Kings (21-27-2, 49 points) at Avalanche (38-13-4, 80 points)
- Time: 6 PST, 8 CST, 9 EST
- Place: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- TV: Bally Sports West, Altitude-TV, NHL Center Ice
The Colorado Avalanche find themselves two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights in the West Division as the Golden Knights have finished their season, so a wins pushes Colorado into a tie with Vegas for the divisional lead.
After last night’s 6-0 rout of the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado leads the season series 6-1-0 going into a pivotal matchup. The Golden Knights and the Avs split the season series, but the Avs pick up the 1-seed with a win tonight. They will also be in line for the President’s Trophy as well as home ice.
The Avalanche won three one-goal games before last night as they boast a paltry 17-3-4 in single goal affairs. This is the 10th back-to-back for the Avalanche this season as they are 6-0-3 in those second games.
J.T. Compher posted a hat trick last night as the Avalanche dominated the struggling Kings with three goals in each of the first two periods. Compher posted two of those goals in the second period.
Mikko Rantanen picked up three assists to carry his season total to 34. Goalie Philipp Grubauer had 18 saves as he benefitted from another solid defensive effort.
Vs. The Spread:
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA’s last 11 games
- The total as gone OVER in 6 of the Kings’ last 8 road games
- LA is 1-4 SU in it’s last 5 road games vs. the Avalanche
- The UNDER has been the play in 4 of Colorado’s last 5 games
- Colorado is 8-0 SU in it’s last 8 home games
- The UNDER has been the play in 8 of the Av’s last 10 games against the Kings
Jonathan Quick’s (11-9-2, 2.86 GAA) last start in goal for the Kings was on May 3 as he was lifted and underwent knee surgery as he is out again this evening.
Since then, Calvin Petersen (9-18-5, 2.89 GAA) is 1-3-1 as he has lost his last four games with three of those coming at the hands of the Avalanche. Petersen had a save rate of around 90 percent in the three games before last night.
Grubauer (30-9-1, 1.95 GAA) has won three in a row and six out of his last seven with a pair of shut outs as he had five games in that stretch where opponents had two goals or less
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Los Angeles Kings||+1½ (+145)||+350||6 (+105)|
|Colorado Avalanche||-1½ (-165)||-450||6 (-125)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Colorado’s domination of the season series starts with Grubauer as he has recorded all six wins for the Avalanche. Hunter Miska was in goal with the Kings scored a 4-2 win on Jan. 21.
Grubauer has only given up five goals to the LA Kings in 300 minutes of hockey as his save percentage vs. the Kings is at 95.2 percent.
Rantanen is the Avs’ leading goal scorer with 30 and he has scored 11 points to lead the Colorado attack against the Kings with four goals and seven assists. He scored his 30th goal in last Friday’s win over the Kings.
Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews have found the back of the net three times in this season’s series. Andre Burakovsky also has tallied six assists.
Colorado ranks second in shots per game (34.4) and leads the NHL in goals against (25.6).
Anze Kopiar is the Kings’ leading scorer vs. the Avalanche as he has 17 goals and 35 assists in 53 outings. He had a streak of an assist in five straight games against Colorado stopped last night.
Interestingly, the Kings have had the NHL’s best penalty kill on the road this season as they have given up only nine scores on 73 opportunities (87.7%). The Avalanche converts 25.3 percent of their power play opportunities at home (24-of-95).
- Dustin Brown has nine power play goals for the Kings while Kopitar has 20. Trevor Moore has two of the Kings’ short-handed goals. Brown’s 17 goals lead the Kings’ goal scorers while Drew Doughty is the second points scorer with 34 points and he leads in assists with 26.
- The Avalanche penalty kill has been a tough assignment in Ball Arena as the Avs have given up only 11 power play goals in 86 chances which posts an 87.2 percent clip (4th/NHL).
Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog lead Colorado with nine power play goals while MacKinnon checks in with eight. Cal Maker has 18 assists on the man-advantage while MacKinnon checks in with 17.
Rantanen has two power play markers against the Kings as well as two game winners. MacKinnon, scoreless last night, leads Colorado with 65 points as Rantanen has 61 and Landeskog is third with 49.