Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars Pick – NHL October 22, 2021

The Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars are scheduled to meet at American Airlines Center on Friday night in Texas. The Kings are looking for better after a 3-2 loss against the Minnesota Wild and most recently a 2-1 loss against the Nashville Predators in Tennessee.

They opened the season with a 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, but the offense has disappeared since then. The Kings are going to have to accept that it’s going to be an up and down season again. Coming off a 21-28-7 season with 49 points, the Kings are looking for improvement.

I’m not sure that the Kings have the firepower to be a major contender again yet, but they are coming out of a rebuild and expectations are there with the Kings. They’ve spent the past several years rebuilding after going on a Stanley Cup run in 2012 and 2014.

Those runs resulted in two Stanley Cups. The first was especially unexpected, as the Kings were afterthoughts going into that season. The Kings are trying to pull out another unexpected campaign in 2021-22. I think some good will come from this year, but I think they’re a couple of years away.

The Kings can sneak into the playoffs this season, but I’m running to the window to bet on them. Their opponent on Friday night, the Stars, are coming off a 2-1 win in a shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was an impressive effort from the Stars against the high-powered Penguins. The Penguins can score in bunches, but the Stars’ defense handled the Pens well. Braden Holtby was sharp with 27 saves on 28 shots for a 0.964 save percentage.

The former Capital has proven to be a solid signing so far. He and Anton Khudobin are sharing the crease for the Stars, which should continue to be a success. After Holtby neutralized the Penguins, he is getting the nod on Friday night. Cal Petersen is expected for the Kings. Head below for our free Kings vs. Stars pick on October 22, 2021.

Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars Live Odds and Betting History:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
LA Kings +1.5 (-190) +128 Over 5.5 (+117)
Dallas Stars -1.5 (+165) -141 Under 5.5 (-125)
Team Data LA Kings Dallas Stars
Overall Record 1-2-0 2-2-0
Puckline Record 3-0 2-2
Away/Home Record 1-1-0 2-2-0
Puckline Away/Home 1-0 0-0
Goals Per Game 3 1.8
Goals Against Per Game 2.3 2.3
Shots Per game 34.7 29.3
Shots Against Per Game 28.7 32

Kings vs. Stars Prediction:

The Dallas Stars haven’t had much in the way of offensive prowess to open this season. This was a problem for them last season, as Jamie Benn and the offense didn’t live up to expectations.

They finished with just 2.79 goals per game for 19th in the league. In the previous season, the Stars netted only 2.58 goals per game.

Back up to five years ago, the Stars had no issue scoring the puck. They had one of the best offenses in the league, but the defense gave up too much.

Now it’s been a role reversal in Dallas for the Stars. They’ve been an aggressive and physical team, but have sacrificed too much on the other end of the ice. Going into this one, the Stars have scored 1.8 goals per game.

That’s 31st in the league to open the season. Fortunately, the combo of Khudobin and Holtby has been going well. Holtby is going into Friday with a 1.75 GAA and 0.947 save percentage after three appearances.


LA Kings vs. Dallas Stars Betting Trends:

Kings

  • 1-7 overall in their previous eight games
  • 1-7 overall in their previous eight games as an underdog
  • 0-5 overall in their previous five games after scoring 2 or less goals
  • 6-20 overall in their previous 26 games on a Friday
  • 3-7 overall in their previous ten games versus the Central Division
  • 22-49 overall in their previous 71 games as an underdog

Stars

  • 5-1 overall in their previous six games in Dallas
  • 7-1 overall in their previous eight games versus the Pacific Division
  • 4-0 overall in their previous four games as a favorite at home
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games after a win
  • 0-4 overall in their previous four games on two days rest

The Kings are leaning on their defense this season as well. They’ve allowed 2.33 goals per game, while scoring 3 goals per game. Despite that positive goal to goals allowed ratio, the Kings have one win in three games. There’s reason to be optimistic as a Kings’ fan for the future.

Cal Petersen goes into Dallas with a 2.04 GAA and 0.929 save percentage. He’s allowed 4 goals on 56 shots to get off to a strong start to this season. Jonathan Quick is still in LA, but the crease belongs to Petersen now. The Kings would like to unload Quick’s contract, but no one is going to want that on their books.

Two of their last three meetings resulted in a final score of 2-1, one in favor of the Kings and the other time the Stars. I could see something similar, with a 3-2 final at the American Airlines Center to keep this score UNDER the total.

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