Advertisement

Los Angeles Kings at Columbus Blue Jackets odds, picks and prediction

The Los Angeles Kings (29-19-7) visit the Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-1) Friday at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we look at the Kings vs. Blue Jackets odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.

This is a battle of two teams fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences. The Kings have dropped their last two games, but they previously won seven of eight. The Blue Jackets have also won seven of 10, and this will be a tough one against an evenly matched opponent on home ice.

Columbus RW Patrik Laine has scored 14 goals in the last 13 games. He’ll have to lead the charge Friday night for the underdog Blue Jackets.

Kings at Blue Jackets odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:16 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Kings -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Blue Jackets +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Kings -1.5 (+160) | Blue Jackets +1.5 (-210)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -130 | U: +105)

Kings at Blue Jackets projected goalies

Cal Petersen (14-8-1, 2.74 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Elvis Merzlikins (19-14-1, 3.40 GAA, .904 SV%, 2 SO)

The 27-year-old Petersen has been used a lot of late, and he has answered the bell with a 2.01 GAA in January and a 2.71 GAA in February. He will give up some goals, though, as he has spotted opponents at least two goals in 10 straight games.

Speaking of spotting goals, Merzlikins has allowed three goals or more in eight of nine games. He has come around, though, with a 3.50 GAA in February following a 4.64 GAA in January.

Exclusive USA TODAY Network offer: Deposit $10 or more, get $200 in instant bet credits at Tipico Sportsbook! New customer offer in CO and NJ. 21+, see Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. Place your legal, online sports bets at Tipico. Let’s make this interesting. Bet now!

Kings at Blue Jackets odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Blue Jackets 4, Kings 3

Money line

The home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams. So, we’re going to give a slight lean to BLUE JACKETS (+120) on friendly ice. Laine and Co., are ninth in the NHL with 3.3 goals per game, and they’ll need to score four or five to win this one.

Against the spread

We’re going to PASS on the spread here. The Kings are favored, and the Blue Jackets +1.5 (-210) offers no value.

Over/Under

The OVER 6.5 (-130) is a solid bet here with two goalies prone to looking behind them. The Over is 6-0-2 in the last eight Blue Jackets games against the Western Conference and 7-2-2 in their last 11 as underdogs.

Conversely, the Over is 5-0 in the Kings’ last five against the Eastern Conference and 5-0 against teams with a winning record.

Watch: ESPN+ has become a must-have for hockey fans. Get access to more than 1,000 out-of-market NHL games, 75 weekly national games, and more all season. Sign up for ESPN+ now!

If you’re looking for more sports betting picks and tips, access all of our content at SportsbookWire.com and BetFTW. Please gamble responsibly.

Follow SportsbookWire on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for audience referrals to betting services. Tipico has no influence over nor are any such revenues in any way dependent on or linked to the newsrooms or news coverage. See Tipico.com for Terms and Conditions. 21+ only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA).

More Stories

San Diego Padres vs. Pittsburgh Pirates odds, tips and betting trends | May 27

On Friday, a series opener is on the schedule, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-25) visiting the San Diego Padres (28-16) at 9:40 PM ET.The Padres are favored at home (-200) versus the Pirates (+170). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the San Diego Padres looking to Sean Manaea (2-3), and Jose Quintana (1-2) getting the nod for the Pittsburgh Pirates.The Padres lost 2-1 to the Brewers Friday, with Yu Darvish (6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits while striking out seven) on the hook for the loss.The Pirates knocked off...

Read the full article

From The Web Ads by Zergnet

Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners odds, tips and betting trends | May 27

The Houston Astros (29-16) will visit the Seattle Mariners (18-27), Friday at 9:40 PM ET, in a clash of AL West rivals.The Astros are heavily favored (-225 on the moneyline to win) when they visit the Mariners (+185). The matchup on the mound for this contest is set with the Houston Astros looking to Justin Verlander (6-1), and Chris Flexen (1-6) answering the bell for the Seattle Mariners.The Astros won 2-1 over the Guardians Friday in their most recent game. Jose Siri finished 2-for-3 with a double to lead them offensively while Cristian Javier was picked up the victory...

Read the full article

Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Playoffs Second Round Game 6 odds, tips and betting trends

Tune in for Game 6 of the NHL Playoffs Second Round on Friday at 8:00 PM ET on when the St. Louis Blues host the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche lead 3-2 in the series.Colorado's most recent game was a 5-4 overtime home loss against the St. Louis Blues on May 25.St. Louis won on the road in its last game on May 25, 5-4 over the Colorado Avalanche.Get ready for this NHL Playoffs Second Round matchup with everything you need to know.Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues Odds and Betting LinesFavorite: Avalanche (-175)Underdog: Blues (+149)Over/under: 6.5Want some action on...

Read the full article
More NHL Picks and Predictions