Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Mar 14, 2021

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Scoring hasn't been an issue for Colorado, as Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon are both averaging over a point per game.

Los Angeles
21-28-6-1
AT
March 14, 2021, 5:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
39-13-3-1
Puckline +1.5 -123
Moneyline +225
Over / Under o +5.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

Puckline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -270
Over / Under u +5.5

17%

Betting Action

83%

Two low scoring wins has gotten the Colorado Avalanche back on track amidst their current nine-game home stretch, most recently defeating the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. The Avalanche and Kings now battle again on Sunday in Colorado, and a win can move L.A. within two points of the West Division’s final playoff spot, currently being held by none other than the Avalanche.

Puck drop at Ball Arena is 5:30 p.m. EST.

Kings vs. Avalanche Betting Analysis

Friday’s 2-0 win earned Philipp Grubauer his fourth shutout of 2021. The Avalanche outshot the Kings 46-18 during their dub, meaning Grubauer had a light workload with 18 saves, while a 44-save effort on 45 shots against wasn’t enough for L.A. goalie Calvin Petersen.

Goaltending, and defence overall, has been the driver for these clubs in 2021. Both rank in the top half in goals against per game (Colorado fifth with 2.36 and Los Angeles 12th with 2.81) and have starting netminders posting .920 save percentages alike.

For L.A., this has been good news — not many expected the Kings to be fighting with the Avalanche for a playoff spot in March. On the flip side, Colorado’s got to find their offensive game. Scoring two goals in four of their last five games isn’t going to cut it.

The NHL odds have the Avs as a massive -230 moneyline favourite, with the total pegged at 5.5.

Los Angeles Kings

If the L.A. Kings are going to make some noise come April, Sunday’s a good spot to start. If they can rebound from Friday’s shutout loss, L.A. goes back home for four games versus St. Louis and Vegas.

Then again, L.A. is making noise but isn’t getting the attention they deserve. Exhibit A is Anze Kopitar, who’s tied for eighth in the NHL with 31 points and closing in on 1,000 in his career. Dustin Brown might have the quietest 13 goals in the NHL, and the same goes for Adrian Kempe’s 11-goal campaign thus far. Don’t count out L.A.’s veterans just yet.

Colorado Avalanche

Among goalies with at least five starts, Grubauer ranks second in wins (14), third in goals against (1.95), and tied for first in shutouts (4). The 29-year-old German has arguably been the Avs MVP this season, an Avs team that’s tied with L.A. in goals per game.

Scoring’s been an unexpected issue for Colorado. Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon are both over a point a game but MacKinnon’s got just six goals on the season, and remember Brown has 13 for L.A.

Off-season acquisition Brandon Saad is second on Colorado with nine goals, while Joonas Donskoi is tied with MacKinnon, scoring six. There are Stanley Cup expectations in Colorado, and they’ll have to elevate their play soon to live up to them.

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