The Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings are at the Staples Center on Thursday night. The LA Kings are hoping to get out of a rebuilding process and head in the right direction soon, but they haven’t gotten off to the best of starts.
They weren’t able to completely tear down the house when the rebuild started, so that’s going to come back to hurt them now. Jonathan Quick played a major role in the Kings coming up as fast as they did years back.
Our chakras are super aligned today, let's get it.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 28, 2021
Quick had a 1.95 GAA and 0.929 save percentage in the 2011-12 season, and a 2.07 GAA and 0.915 save percentage just two years later.
However, Quick has been nothing but a liability for the Kings as of late. With Cal Petersen injured, the Kings will have to give Quick the start versus the Jets tonight.
It’s not like he can’t have a good game, but Petersen has overtaken him on the reliability scale. The Kings are off to a 1-4-1 start with 3 points for dead last in the Pacific Division.
They are the only team in the Pacific Division without 5 points. It’s probably not going to get much better with Drew Doughty on the shelf with a knee injury for eight weeks.
Doughty down the tunnel after this knee on knee pic.twitter.com/7KE8gM9B4f
— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) October 23, 2021
Doughty isn’t what he used to be in the past, but he’s still a contributor on the blueline. You can say that for most of the veterans on the Kings that were members of the Stanley Cup roster.
That said, Anze Kopitar continues to play at a very high level. He would be valuable in a trade, but the Kings have shown no indication of sending him elsewhere. Kopitar and the Kings will see a backup in net for the Jets as well.
Connor Hellebyuck is expected to get the night off for the Jets. The Jets have been playing alright hockey at 3-2-1 on the season.
They are coming off a 6-4 win over the Predators and 4-3 over the Ducks on Tuesday. The Jets will wrap up their west coast trip with a stop in San Jose on Saturday. Head below for our free Jets vs. Kings pick on October 28, 2021.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings Live Odds and Betting History:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Winnipeg Jets||-1.5 (+235)||+105||Over 5.5 (-115)|
|LA Kings||-1.5 (+110)||-116||Under 5.5 (-105)|
|Team Data||Winnipeg Jets||LA Kings|
|Goals Per Game||4.00||2.30|
|Goals Against Per Game||3.70||3.30|
|Shots Per Game||28.00||36.30|
|Shots Against Per Game||33.50||30.70|
Jets vs. Kings Prediction:
With Connor Hellebyuck getting the night off for the Jets, they are going to send backup Eric Comrie between the pipes. The 26-year-old has made nine appearances in the NHL with a 4.08 GAA and 0.873 save percentage.
He has gone full circle in his career with the Jets, spending 2017 to 2019 in Winnipeg, a brief stop in Detroit for the 2019-20 season, then a start with the Devils last year.
Comrie is back with the organization he opened his career with. He only received one start in his last season in Winnipeg. Comrie recorded a 5.01 GAA and 0.821 save percentage and that was all for him in the NHL.
He was quickly sent back down to the AHL. With the Red Wings in 2019-20, Comrie couldn’t get anything going there either. He posted a 4.28 GAA and 0.864 save percentage in three appearances.
In one outing this year, Comrie had a 3.00 GAA and 0.909 save percentage versus the Sabres in Buffalo. He conceded 3 goals on 33 shots in a less than desirable performance, but an improvement for Comrie you could say.
Winnipeg Jets vs. LA Kings Betting Trends:
- 3-7 overall in their previous ten games
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games on the road
- OVER is 5-1 in their previous six games
- OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games after a win
- OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games versus the Western Conference
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games at the Staples Center
- 0-7 overall in their previous seven games after scoring 2 or less goals
- 0-5 overall in their previous five games versus the Central Division
- OVER is 6-1 in their previous seven games on a Thursday
The Kings have been putting plenty of pucks on net, they just haven’t been landing. They are second in the league with 36.3 shots per game.
The Kings are generating chances, though the puck luck hasn’t been there for them. Winnipeg has been giving up shots as well, with 33.5 shots against for 24th in the NHL.
With the backup in the crease for the Jets, expect these shots to likely find the back of the net. Comrie isn’t the toughest goaltender, that goes without saying.
Jonathan Quick is starting for the Kings, so the Kings may have to force the issue offensively. Quick is going into this evening with a 2.64 GAA and 0.908 save percentage. That’s fine, just not great.
The Kings are 24th in the NHL with 3.3 goals allowed per game, and the worst in the league on the penalty kill. Their penalty kill success rate is an ugly 58.5%. I think the final score should probably be at least 4-2 in this spot.