Tonight’s Picks: Kings Fading Fast?

Updated: October 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm by Brock Seguin

28-25-1: Let’s follow up a winning week last week with another solid showing this week!  Kicking it off with one game tonight.  

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Los Angeles Kings +120 at Dallas Stars -140

The Kings, riding a 3 game road losing streak, are rounding out their six game road trip tonight in Dallas, where they went 2-1 last season.  The Kings goaltenders are undergoing criticism right now for their goaltending, led by Jonathan Quick, allowing a 4th-worst in the league, 3.5 goals per game.  The Stars, on the other hand, are seeing a nice rebound from last year’s stats and really giving opponents a tough time, only losing 1 game in regulation so far.  The Stars have showed respectable D so far, allowing 2.88 goals per game and scoring 3.43 goals per game, both advantages over the Kings.  The Kings’ powerplay has been flat over their losing streak, only going 1/17, and will probably not get much further against the Stars who have gone 8/9 on the penalty kill over the last 3 games.  To help matters, the Kings allow the second most power play goals in the league with 1.5 per game.  The Stars are a hotter team right now and are coming off of a big win in Chicago on Saturday.  They have steadier goaltending and will look to exploit the Kings’ latest goaltending woes.
Pick: Stars -140

The Rangers are starting Valiquette tonight so be wary if you wanted to go Rangers over the Sharks.

Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings