Could this be a letdown spot for the Winnipeg Jets entering their game with the league’s second-worst team? On paper the Jets should dominate this game, having scored 75 more goals than the Kings, while Los Angeles has the NHL’s worst goal differential, at minus-59.
Jets vs Kings Betting Analysis
The home team in this series has a streak of three straight wins entering this game and a definite advantage going 6-2 in the last eight games. The Jets have had a hard time in Los Angeles over the last number of years with a 4-9 record in the last 13 games. The last win for Winnipeg in LA was back on November 22, 2017.
Earlier in the year, the Kings and Jets split the first two games and this contest will conclude the three game series. Kings forward Alex Iafallo has a goal and an assist this season in the head-to-head matchup.
Of note the under is 4-1 in the last five games played between these two teams including three games that finished with a score of 2-1.
Currently, the Jets are +450 to win the Western conference at Sports Interaction, and +1000 to claim the Stanley Cup.
With 11 games left in the regular season, the Jets sit atop the Central Division standings holding a one point lead (and have two games in hand) over the Nashville Predators.
On Saturday night, the Jets secured a 2-1 victory over the Flames and have won two straight games entering this upcoming road trip. The team is 5-5 in the last 10 games, 18-6 on the road this season, and 13-5 against the Pacific division; the best record they have against any division in the league.
It was back-to-back wins for Connor Hellebuyck and a couple of strong efforts in his last two games. In wins against the Bruins and Flames, he has stopped 63 of the 67 shots he has faced for a save percentage of .940. In this upcoming California road trip, he will likely start two of the three games.
Forward Mathieu Perreault found the back of the net once again on Saturday night. He has scored a goal in three of the last four games. The veteran has 14 goals on the season.
Los Angeles Kings
It’s safe to say that the high point for the Kings season might be winning the NHL lottery and getting the chance to select Jack Hughes in the upcoming draft. There are many “Lose for Hughes” campaign. With only 11 games remaining in their regular season, there will not be a post season for the Kings. They are currently in 30th spot overall, and hold a slim two point league over the Ottawa Senators who sit last.
The Kings enter this game with the Jets on a two-game losing streak, and are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games. Over the last 17 games, the Kings are 2-12-3. They have allowed at least three goals against in 15 of the 17 games. They are 7-10-2 this season against the Central division.
In the month of March, the Kings have scored just 16 goals in seven games (2.28 goals per game), which is even below their season average of 2.34, ranking them 30th in the NHL. The Kings have just one player with at least 20 goals, as Anze Kopitar has exactly 20 on the season. He also leads the team in scoring with 50 points in 70 games.
The Ilya Kovalchuk signing hasn’t quite worked in their favour either. In the off-season the team signed the veteran forward three-year contract worth 6.25 million dollars per season. Year one is almost in the books and the 35 year old has 14 goals (in 59 games) this season. He was a healthy scratch in the Kings last game against the Panthers, a definite sign of how the season has gone for him so far.