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St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings 05/10/2021 Previews, Hockey Betting & Predictions
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St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings 05/10/2021 – The St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings will meet for one last time this season before each plays its last two games in the schedule. The Kings are set to host the Blues inside the Staples Center on Monday night – their last home game of the season and also the last road game for the Blues. St. Louis, the team with a better record and is assured of a spot in the playoffs, will enter Kings’ ground as slight favorites in the NHL Betting Odds with a -164 price. L.A. is priced at +134 as underdogs at home. The game begins at 10:00 PM Eastern Time with a live telecast on ESPN+ and streaming on NHL.TV.
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings 05/10/2021
When: Monday, May 10, 10:00 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings 05/10/2021 Betting Odds:
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues are struggling as of the moment with a three-game losing streak spoiling their official entry to the postseason. The team punched their ticket to the playoffs on Friday after it became improbable that the teams below them in the standings could catch them up for the fourth and final spot in the West. It marks St. Louis’ ninth playoff appearance in the last 10 seasons, an unparalleled stamp to the team’s consistency and commitment to success. Now that the team is safe from elimination, coach Craig Berube is faced with a dilemma: whether to allow his key players to play and keep their rhythm or rest them. The head tactician knows his players would opt to play their last three games, but he is still weighing the pros and cons. One thing for sure, however, is Berube and the rest of the Blues giving their A-game when they face the Kings on Monday.
Players to watch: D. Perron LW (G 16 A 35 PTS 51), R. O’Reilly C (G 24 A 27 PTS 51), M. Hoffman LW (G 17 A 16 PTS 33).
Los Angeles Kings
The Kings are not chasing any specific position in the West after being eliminated, but coach Todd McLellan makes it clear that the job in L.A. will continue for the team’s last three games. As such, the Kings are expected to play as if the remaining assignments are still relevant in terms of playoff seeding. McLellan said that the games, including their last at home against the Blues, will serve as his tool to evaluate all members of his team. According to him, the most important thing for the team right is the character, and that is what he expects to see from his players right when the puck is dropped at the Staples Center.
Players to watch: A. Kopitar C (G 13 A 37 PTS 50), D. Doughty D (G 8 A 26 PTS 34), D. Brown RW (G 17 A 14 PTS 31).
St. Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles’ last 9 games.
Blues vs Kings Betting Picks
It’s technically a no-bearing game on paper between the Blues and the Kings, but each of them has their underlying motivations to win the clash on Monday. For the Kings, it’s about staying professional despite elimination, while for the Blues, it’s all about staying disciplined and smart as they begin to prepare for the next round. Betting on NHL is expected to hit high numbers and bettors are expected to look for potential values in this match in particular. It will be a defensive battle on the ice, but the firepower of the Blues will prevail over the Kings.
Score Prediction: Blues 3, Kings 1.