Los Angeles Kings at Minnesota Wild - 1/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (4-3) vs Los Angeles Kings (3-2-2)
Game Info: Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -165 / Los Angeles Kings +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 3 of their last 4 games following a 2-1 win over the Wild last time out. Anze Kopitar leads the Kings with 10 points including 9 assists while Jeff Carter has 6 points with 5 assists. Andreas Athanasiou and Adrian Kempe each have 5 points with 3 goals and 2 assists. Alex Iafallo, Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown each have 4 points with Doughty and Brown each logging 2 goals and 2 assists while Iafallo has 3 assists. Jonathan Quick has a 2-2 record with a 3.15 GAA while Cal Petersen has a 1-2 record on the year with a 2.38 GAA this season.
The Minnesota Wild will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses after their defeat to the Kings last time out. Joel Eriksson Ek, Joel Greenway and Kirill Kaprizov each have 6 points with Eriksson Ek logging 4 goals and 2 assists while Greenway and Kaprizov each have 5 assists. Brent Suter also has 5 assists while Zach Parise and Matt Dumba each have 2 goals with an assist and Marcus Foligno has a goal and 2 assists this year. Cam Talbot has a 2-1 record with a 2.34 GAA while Kaapo Kahkonen has a 2-2 mark with a 2.22 GAA this season.
Los Angeles is 10-4 in their last 14 games overall and 15-37 in their last 52 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 10-3 in their last 13 Thursday games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. The under is 22-8-4 in the last 34 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
I understand Minnesota being favored at home, but the issue I have here is that I don’t like Minnesota enough to lay this kind of number with them. The Wild are wildly (no pun intended) inconsistent, and I just don’t think that Cam Talbot or Kaapo Kahkonen are a bonafide #1 goaltender in the league no matter which one you pick. Los Angeles has gone 6-1 on the puck line this year, so I can see they’re battling hard in what I thought was going to be a rebuild and a development year for the Kings. I’ll side with L.A. and the plus money as more of a fade from this price with Minnesota than anything else.
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