NHL hockey betting fans have long respected the Detroit Red Wings as the elite franchise with NHL betting odds while the Los Angeles Kings have lacked appeal… until now! The Los Angeles Kings are one of the biggest early surprises in NHL hockey betting this year as they won 3 out of their first 4 games take first place in the Western Conference Pacific Division.
The Kings had the top ranked offensive team with the NHL betting odds but their defense ranked only 24th in NHL hockey betting for goals against. The Los Angeles attack has been led by center Anze Kopitar and left wing Ryan Smith. Kopitar had 3 goals and 6 assists to start the NHL hockey betting season while Smith had 4 goals and 3 assists.
The Kings had the 3rd ranked power play in NHL hockey betting to start the year but ranked an alarming 29th in penalty killing. Head coach Terry Murray has emphasized shot blocking on the penalty kill as he wants to prevent shots from reaching the net.
“You’ve got to sacrifice yourself to get in those shot lanes, because with the traffic in front of the net it’s very hard for goalies to find all those”, said Murray. “So blocking it up top is what we need”.
The Detroit Red Wings appear to be back on track after a poor 0-2 start to the NHL hockey betting season in Europe as they were swept by Central Division rival St. Louis. The Red Wings swept their first two games at home against the rival Chicago Blackhawks and then the Washington Capitals by identical 3-2 scores.
The Detroit offense got off to a sluggish start to the NHL hockey betting season as Tomas Holmstrom and Ville Leino each had 2 goals to “lead” the team. Goaltender Chris Osgood had a 2.68 goals against average and 2 wins to begin the NHL hockey betting season.
Osgood was encouraged after the win over Washington. “We have to grind out games, rely on our penalty-kill and power play. We played real well, that was our best game by far this year. We played real smart with the puck at both ends; that’s how were going to have to win games”, said Osgood.