NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild

by Dirty on March 29, 2010

The Los Angeles Kings and the Minnesota Wild will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Xcel Energy Center.

Oddsmakers currently have the Kings listed as 110-moneyline favorites versus the Wild, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.

The Kings were crushed 4-1 by the Stars last time out, as -170 favorites. That game’s five goals went UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).

Michal Handzus scored the lone goal in that loss.

The Wild were pounded 6-2 by the Red Wings last time out, as +270 underdogs. That game’s eight goals sailed OVER the posted over/under (5.5).

Andrew Brunette and Owen Nolan replied in the loss.

Current streak:
Los Angeles has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Los Angeles: 42-26-6
Minnesota: 36-33-6

Los Angeles most recently:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Dallas are 3-7
After playing Dallas are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Minnesota most recently:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 4-4-2
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Los Angeles is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles’s last 6 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games at home

Next up:
Los Angeles at Nashville, Tuesday, March 30
Minnesota home to Chicago, Wednesday, March 31

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