The Los Angeles Kings (21-26-7) and Colorado Avalanche (37-13-4) play the first half of a two-game set Wednesday as they wrap up the regular season. Puck drop is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET at Ball Arena. Below, we analyze the Kings-Avalanche odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
The Kings have dropped three straight games, although each of them was by a single goal. That includes a two-game set in Los Angeles when the Avs won both games by a 3-2 score May 7 and 8.
The Avalanche have won three games in a row, and six of their past seven, as they keep the heat on the Vegas Golden Knights for the top spot in the West Division.
Kings at Avalanche: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line: Kings +300 (bet $100 to $300) | Avalanche -375 (bet $375 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS: Kings +1.5 (+115) | Avalanche -1.5 (-140)
- Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Kings at Avalanche: Projected starting goalies
Calvin Petersen (9-17-5, 2.79 GAA, .914 SV%) vs. Philipp Grubauer (29-9-1, 2.00 GAA, .921 SV%, 6 SO)
Petersen has dropped three straight starts, but each was by a 1-goal margin, and he allowed 3 or fewer goals in each of the starts. While he is 0-5-0 in five starts against the Avs this season, he has a respectable 2.66 GAA and .926 SV%.
Grubauer is looking for his 30th victory of the season. He’d likely have reached the milestone if he faced the Kings more often, as he is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 GAA and .943 SV% with one shutout in four games against L.A.
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Kings at Avalanche: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Avalanche 3, Kings 1
Money line (ML)
The Avalanche (-375) will cost you nearly four times your potential return, and while they’re a good bet to top the Kings, that’s just too much risk.
Against the spread (ATS)
The AVALANCHE -1.5 (-140) are a better play against the puck line on home ice.
While they won both meetings in L.A. last week by just 1 goal, it won’t take much to grab the cover here. Colorado still has plenty to play for, so it’ll be going hard to the end.
UNDER 5.5 (-110) is worth a small-unit play, as the Under has been the rule for L.A. lately. The Under is 8-2 across the past 10 games for the Kings, and 4-1 in their past five trips to Denver. The Under is also 4-0 in the past four games for the Avs.
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