The 27-16-1-4 LA Kings will open up their defense of the Stanley Cup as a road underdog when they face the 29-17-1-1 St Louis Blues in Game 1 of their best of seven Western conference NHL playoffs series. Face off time from St Louis is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the CNBC.
The pro hockey odds from the NHL Game one has the home team St Louis Blues favored by -130 odds with the return on the road underdog Kings at +110 odds. The goal over under is lined at 5 goals.
The Kings and Blues went head to head during the lockout year three times with the Kings winning all three games with two wins coming on the road. The Kings swept the Blues in four games in last year’s best of seven playoff series. LA has an eight game win streak against St Louis.
LA qualified as a fifth seed in the NHL playoffs due to a slow start and a road record of 8-12-1-3. The team lost two of three down the stretch at Detroit and Minnesota that proved costly in their ability to earn home ice in this series. The defense was poor early and got better as the season wore on as the Kings finished third in shots against by giving up 25 per game. Opponents score 2.4 goals per game on LA ranking the Kings seventh in the league in scoring defense.
The Blues went 15-8-0-1 on home ice this season. They closed the season strongly with three straight wins and six wins over their past seven games to finish ahead of the Kings for home ice advantage. The goaltending has been outstanding as the Blues have allowed one goal in each of those six wins to close the regular season. The team is second in the NHL in shots against at 24.2 per contest.