Kings vs. Jets Game Info & NHL Betting Prediction

Kings vs. Jets Game Info & Expert NHL Betting Prediction

Written by on February 20, 2018

Over in the Western Conference, the race for playoff spots is ridiculously tight, with 5 teams all vying for the two available Wild Card spots and just 5 points separating them. Those teams could bypass the Wild Card altogether and get one of the 3 automatic divisional spots with a good run of form, it’s just that close. This is especially true in the Pacific Division, where just 3 points separate 2nd from 5th. The LA Kings are sitting in the #4 spot right now but are sitting just below the playoff line. They are on a bit of a winning streak at the moment but will be put to the test in a big way when they hit the road on Tuesday night to face the slight NHL betting favorite Winnipeg Jets. The Central Division has turned into something of a 2-horse race, with the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets tied at the top, 7 points up on the chasing pack. The Jets are favorites by 1.5 points and would love to go clear at the top, while the Kings need to keep winning to stay in the playoff hunt so this should be a good one.

Los Angeles at Winnipeg Game Info & Expert NHL Betting Prediction

  • When: Tuesday, February 20 at 8 PM EST
  • Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
  • Radio: 1150 AM (Los Angeles) / 1290 AM (Winnipeg)
  • NHL Betting Odds: Winnipeg Jets -1.5 (Over/Under at 5.5 goals)

Team Records

  • All: LA Kings 32-22-5 / Winnipeg Jets 35-15-9
  • Home: LA Kings 14-9-3 / Winnipeg Jets 23-5-2
  • Away: LA Kings 18-13-2 / Winnipeg Jets 12-10-7
  • ATS: LA Kings 30-29 / Winnipeg Jets 32-27
  • Over/Under: LA Kings 26-31-2 / Winnipeg Jets 30-27-2

Tuesday Night NHL Lines & Expert Prediction: Columbus vs. New Jersey

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: LA Kings 4-3-3 / Winnipeg Jets 6-3-1
  • Score: LA Kings 2.90 / Winnipeg Jets 2.90
  • Shots: LA Kings 31.70 / Winnipeg Jets 26.90
  • Power Play Goals: LA Kings 7 / Winnipeg Jets 7
  • Number of Power Plays: LA Kings 34 / Winnipeg Jets 31
  • Power Play Percentage: LA Kings 20.59 / Winnipeg Jets 22.58
  • Penalty Kill Percentage: LA Kings 77.42 / Winnipeg Jets 79.41

Why bet on the LA Kings?

Tuesday night will see the Kings finally come to the end of a 7-game road trip that has been a little up and down. They started things right with a win over Florida, which was followed by 3 defeats in a row in games where the usually solid defense went to sleep. They have pulled out of that slump with back to back wins, including a big one in Chicago on Monday night. It has been a grueling run of games for the Kings, and it is going to be tough for them to close things out with a win playing the second game on the road in consecutive nights. The Kings will, as they have done so many times this season, rely on a defensive unit that is second best in goals against per game at 2.5. Part of the reason why they have been so good in this department is that of the penalty kill, which is 3rd in the NHL right now. The Kings are 18-13-2 in road games this season.

Team Statistics

  • Goals: 2.88
  • Shots: 31.00
  • PP/PK Percentage: 19.64
  • Goals: 2.47
  • Shots: 31.51
  • PP/PK Percentage: 16.50

Why bet on the Winnipeg Jets?

The Winnipeg Jets have been good all season long but are in a particularly good run of form at the moment, winning each of their last 3 games and going 6-2-2 in their last 10. That has helped them to draw level with the Nashville Predators on 79 points at the top of the Central Division. The Jets are in that lofty position because they have been able to maintain a solid balance between offense, defense, and special teams, all of which are in the top 6 in the NHL. The Jets look like a safe NHL Betting Pick against the Kings. The Jets have been killing it on offense over the past 3 games, scoring 17 goals while surrendering just 6. This will be their 10th straight home game, after which they go on the road for a bit, so they will want to make the most of their home ice advantage while they can. Winnipeg has gone an impressive 23-5-2 at home this season.

Team Statistics

  • Goals: 3.32
  • Shots: 31.98
  • PP/PK Percentage: 24.02
  • Goals: 2.66
  • Shots: 31.22
  • PP/PK Percentage: 17.33

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Kings are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games
  • Kings are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Los Angeles’s last 9 games on the road
  • Jets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Jets are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg’s last 6 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Kings will be ready to head back home after this one, as I think playing consecutive road games at the end of a long trip is a big ask. I like Winnipeg to win this one going away. Score: LA Kings 2 – Winnipeg Jets 5