This season has gone off the rails for the Dallas Stars. Expected to compete for a top spot in the Central Division a year after winning it, the boys from Big D have been pretty impotent. One area they’ve been succeeding in, however, is when they’ve been large underdogs like they are tonight. The Kings have been equally unimpressive this season but have been a decent bet at the Staples Center with a 12-5-1 record at home.
- The Stars are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a moneyline underdog of 143 or more.
- The Stars are 4-1 in their last 5 games as underdogs against the Kings.
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the Kings’ last 11 games.
Neither team had confirmed a goalie at the time of writing but honestly, it doesn’t really matter. The Stars have lost three consecutive games and will have to rely on either Kari Lehtonen or Antti Niemi. Those two have combined to give Dallas an .899 team save percentage.
For the Kings, it’s all about limiting the shots. They allow the least amount of five-on-five shots per game in the NHL but when they give up more than 30 for the game, it’s not been pretty. In Peter Budaj’s last four starts in which his team has given up 30 or more shots, he’s just 1-3.
If either team thinks they can challenge for a playoff spot, they have to start winning soon. The Kings will more than likely become sellers if they continue to fizzle as they have an aging team and the window has been creeping shut for a couple of seasons now. Dallas’ goaltending situation is dire and if they don’t fix it, you can put them on ice.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Los Angeles Kings as -160 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.2-2.2 result in favor of the Stars. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Dallas Stars vs Los Angeles Kings Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Los Angeles will face the 16-16-8 Stars. In totals betting, the Kings are 12-21-7 in over under betting so far this season while the Dallas Stars are 18-22. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Dallas injuries news.
The NHL Power Rankings at Odds – Shark
show the No. 16-rated Dallas Stars taking on the No. 13-rated Los Angeles Kings in this contest.
Offensively, the game matches up the Los Angeles Kings No. 24-ranked offense (2.45 goals per game) against a Dallas Stars defense that ranks No. 26 at 3.03 goals per game allowed. The Kings powerplay has clicked at a 16.52% rate while the Stars have a 75.19% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Last time out for Dallas, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Blues on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at -150 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Los Angeles was a 4-3 winner at home against the Wild. Bettors on Los Angeles at -111 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
- Dallas is 7-18 ATS in its last 25 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Dallas’s last 9 games
- Dallas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Dallas is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
- Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Los Angeles’s last 11 games
- Los Angeles is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
- Los Angeles is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Dallas at Anaheim, Tuesday, January 10th
Los Angeles home to St. Louis, Thursday, January 12th