The two worst teams in the Western Conference are set to square off in St. Louis in Monday night. The St. Louis Blues will host the Los Angeles Kings in a game that both teams desperately need to win. The Blues come into this game with just 17 points and sit in last place in the Central Division. The Los Angeles Kings have been even worse this season, registering just 13 points to find themselves in last place in the Pacific Division and Western Conference. St. Louis has lost three of their last four games coming into this matchup, while the Kings have lost four of five games.
Blues vs. Kings Odds
The moneyline for this game is St. Louis Blues -155. The over/under for total goals scored is set at 5.5 goals for this contest.
Moneyline: St. Louis Blues -155
Blues vs. Kings Head to Head
This is the first of three meetings between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues this season. St. Louis got the better of the Kings a season ago, winning two of three games over Los Angeles. The Blues outscored the Kings, 12-8, in those three contests.
Blues vs. Kings Stats
Blues center Ryan O’Reilly has been one of the best offensive players in the NHL so far this season. O’Reilly leads the team with ten goals, 13 assists, and 23 points, but needs some help from his teammates. Vladimir Tarasenko has scored just six goals so far this season after scoring more than 33 goals each of the last three seasons. The Blues have converted on 25% of their power play chances so far this season, which is the 9th best mark in the NHL.
The Los Angeles Kings have scored just two goals per game this season, which is by far the worst scoring average in the league. Ilya Kovalchuk leads the team with five goals, nine assists, and fourteen points this season. Rookie goaltender Cal Peterson has posted the best goals against average for the team, at 2.27.
Blues vs. Kings News
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf played in his 1,000th career game in the Kings loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. The Kings have been dealing with a ton of injuries at the goalie position, and have turned to their fourth goalie, Cal Petersen. It is unclear who the Kings will turn to in net for this contest.
The St. Louis Blues are dealing with a ton of injuries after their most recent road trip. Pat Maroon was placed on injured reserve after suffering an upper-body injury last week. The Blues also played without defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and forwards Jaden Schwartz and Alexander Steen on Saturday night.
Blues vs. Kings Predictions
Both the Kings and Blues could use this victory, but there is a pretty clear favorite in this game. The Kings don’t score enough goals to really pose a threat to the St. Louis Blues, and Los Angeles is using a rookie goaltender as well. All signs point to the Blues dominating this matchup over the Kings. Bet the St. Louis Blues -155 over the Kings on Monday night.