The St. Louis Blues are sixth in the Western Conference Central Division with 59 points. They come into the game with a comforting win after six losses and will look to add more to sustain their season hopes.
The Sacramento Kings have had a great season and are placed second in the Eastern Conference Pacific Division with 78 points. Coming with back-to-back wins, they will look for a win to match the top-placed Golden Knights and possibly displace them from the lead.
Blues vs. Kings Odds
Blues vs. Kings Match Details
Fixture: St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings
Date & Time: Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10:30 p.m. EDT
Venue: crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, CA
St. Louis vs. Los Angels NHL Key Stats
The Blues have done well to score close to 190 goals in 61 games this season. Jordan Kyrou has led from the front with over 25 goals and has 30 assists to his name. Though, there has been a severe dip in the performances, with less than a goal contribution per game in his previous five games. The team will have to work on their scoring in order to perform better in the future.
The Blues’ defense has been poor this season and has conceded over 3.6 goals per game on average. They have shown no improvement, and with all the goaltenders struggling, they are likley to have a difficult time in this game.
In comparison, the Kings have scored over 200 goals through contributions from Adrian Kempe and Anze Kopitar. Both players have scored over 25 goals each and have assisted in 40 more combined. Additionally, Anze Kopitar has scored over a goal per game in his last five, has strengthened the offense, and can play a crucial role in their upcoming encounter.
While defending, the Kings have conceded over 3.3 goals per game, but have shown better composure in the last few games. The goaltender Pheonix Copley with three goals conceded per game in their previous three starts at a save percentage of around 0.900 has been positive and can impact the result in this game, too.
Blues vs. Kings Betting Prediction
The Blues have not played well in their last eight games and come into the game with a 1-7 record, which pushes them under stress in this encounter. They have also performed poorly on the road losing five of their previous away games. Their struggles continue with seven losses in the last eight games against a team with a high winning rate.
On the other hand, the Kings have played better recently and are 4-0 in their last four home games. The Kings have won seven of the past eight games against the team, which comes after scoring five goals into the contest. They have also shown a better scoring rate in the last five games and have minimized the goals against them.
Thus, being the home team and having better overall team gameplay, the Kings are favorites to win this game.