The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche clash on Wednesday night at Ball Arena. The Kings are on a back-to-back following a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night.
They ended a three-game losing streak with the win over the Blackhawks at the United Center. It was a big win for the Kings. They needed it at this point in the season.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 13, 2022
With a record of 39-26-10 and 88 points, the Kings are in the thick of a playoff race in the Western Conference. They are third in the league with a three-point advantage over the Vegas Golden Knights.
So, yeah, the Kings needed to wake up and get back on track versus the Blackhawks. The Kings have seven games remaining on their schedule for the Kings. A win against the Avalanche would give the Kings a big lift in their playoff push.
The Avalanche own the best record in the Central Division at 52-14-6 and 110 points. They’re currently in a tie with the Florida Panthers for the Presidents’ Trophy and top seed through the playoffs.
— x – Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 10, 2022
Consecutive wins aren’t anything new to an Avalanche squad that doesn’t lose many matchups. Colorado is on a heater with six straight games. In their most recent outing, the Avs edged out the Oilers in a shootout at Rogers Place in Alberta.
Head below for our free Kings vs. Avalanche prediction on April 13, 2022.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|LA Kings||+1.5 (-110)||+220||Over 6 (-110)|
|Colorado Avalanche||-1.5 (-140)||-270||Under 6 (-110)|
|Team Data||LA Kings||Colorado Avalanche|
|Goals Per Game||2.84||3.76|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.83||2.74|
|Shots Per Game||35.04||35.32|
|Shots Against Per Game||28.64||32.15|
Kings vs. Avalanche Prediction:
Playing the Avalanche on a back-to-back isn’t the easiest assignment in the NHL. However, the Kings have no time to lose their legs and feel exhausted. They’re in the midst of a playoff race and can’t take games off now.
The Kings have had success going on the road and winning, so they’re not going to be intimidated about going to Ball Arena. LA is 21-10-6 on the road, which is considerably better than at home, with a record of 18-16-4.
They are consistently scoring the puck this season. The Kings have gone about their business well, with an average of 2.84 goals scored per game. The Kings have kept up with 2.81 goals per game this season on the road.
They’ve put in 2.8 goals per game in their previous ten attempts, as the Kings continue to stay on pace with their earlier success. Finding goals is usually required to have success against the Avalanche. Edmonton let the Avs off the hook after a rare slow offensive attempt.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Trends:
- 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus a team with a winning record
- 2-6 overall in their previous eight games as an underdog
- 1-6 overall in their previous seven games after a win
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games versus the Central Division
- OVER is 4-1 in their previous five games on a Wednesday
- 48-9 overall in their previous 59 games at home
- 4-0 overall in their previous four games versus a team with a winning record
- 40-17 overall in their previous 57 games versus the Pacific Division
- OVER is 4-1-3 in their previous eight games on a three-day break
- OVER is 6-2-2 in their previous ten games after their opponent scores 5 or more goals
Getting into a defensive game can work sometimes against the Avalanche, but attacking and attacking the crease early is advised. The Avalanche are capable of scoring in bunches, and it can be tough to come back from a deficit.
Colorado is third in the NHL with 3.76 goals and 35.3 shots per game. On a back-to-back, the Kings are sending Cal Petersen to the net for this one. Peterson enters with a 2.76 GAA and 0.899 save percentage this season.
Petersen is not at his best on the road, where Petersen owns a 2.94 GAA and 0.894 save percentage. The Kings may fight hard in this one, but it’s likely going to be tough on Petersen and the defense with tired legs.
I’m looking at a matchup that should see ample goals tonight. The OVER at 6 goals looks like the best play at Ball Arena.