Hockey bet handicappers have seen the resurgent Los Angeles Kings pull themselves together to become a contender for the bet hockey post season as well in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night with a telecast on NHLNET set for 10:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup so be sure and open your account today. This Western Conference showdown has significant playoff implications and in fact could be a post season preview.
The Red Wings had a record of 38-18-4-2 with the hockey gambling odds and were closing in on the Vancouver Canucks for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Wings have won 7 of their last 10 games as they begin a 4 game west coast road trip with this game.
Detroit is the second highest scoring team in the NHL but their defense ranks just 19th for goals against and that is becoming a growing concern for the playoffs.
The Kings had a record of 35-23-2-2 and have been one of the hottest teams on the board with 8 wins in their last 10 games. Los Angeles has been a good home team with a record of 19-9-1 and has gone over the total in just 10 of their 29 games as a host.
The Kings strength with the hockey lines is their defense as they ranked 4th for goals against while their offense was sluggish and ranked 19th for scoring.
The Kings lineup is one of the better balanced and deeper in the league as they have 5 players with at least 17 goals as Anze Kopitar, Justin Williams, Dustin Brown, and Ryan Smyth each lit the lamp 20 times so far on the season. Jonathan Quick had a 2.13 goals against average with 28 wins and 6 shutouts.
Although the Red Wings have won 11 of their last 14 visits to Los Angeles they have lost their last 2 visits to Staples Center against the Kings. Just 2 of the last 9 meetings in this series in Los Angeles have gone over the hockey bet total.