Hockey odds handicappers are becoming more convinced that the Los Angeles Kings are here to stay as a Western Conference playoff team with the hockey gambling odds.
The Los Angeles Kings will host the Dallas Stars on Monday night with a starting time of 10:30 PM ET. Open your Sports Gambling account now and have it ready for side and total action on this critically important Western Conference matchup that has major playoff implications.
Dallas was fighting hard to stay in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings as they had a hockey betting record of 34-23-3-4. The Stars were 16-14-1-1 on the road and were 17-15 over the total in away games. The Stars have been a bad form as of late and paid out in just 3 out of 9 games from February 13 through March 4.
Dallas slipped to 17th in the NHL for goal scoring and ranked 16th in the league for goals against. Dallas was having major problems on penalty killing as they ranked 24th in the NHL for that department. Center Brad Richards led Dallas with 24 goals and 39 assists but had a concussion issue that was keeping him out of the lineup and in questionable status.
Left winger Loui Eriksson had 22 goals and fellow left winger Brenden Morrow had 25 goals. Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen had a 2.62 goals against average.
Los Angeles has picked up their play as of late with good form and 7 payouts in 10 games from February 12 through March 3. The Kings were one of the better defensive teams in the NHL as they ranked 4th for goals against. Los Angeles had a deep and balanced offensive attack led by center Anze Kopitar, who had 20 goals and 43 assists.
The Kings made big news by acquiring Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers last week to enhance their online hockey betting chances for the post season.
Los Angeles has paid out with the hockey odds in 8 of their last 11 home games against Dallas with the last 3 meetings between the teams in LA going under the total.