Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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Los Angeles at Montreal, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, October 26, 2017
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), RDS, TSN2 (Montreal)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
13-Los Angeles Kings +1½ -285 +111 Ov 5½ +118
14-Montreal Canadiens -1½ +240 -123 Un 5½ -130
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The Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadiens will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Bell Centre.

ABOUT THE KINGS (7-1-1): Jonathan Quick (5-1-1, .934 save percentage, 2.15 goals-against average), who turned aside 36 of 37 shots on Oct. 18 in a win over Montreal, sat out Tuesday’s win in favor of backup Darcy Kuemper and is expected back in net for his 500th career game. Kempe’s goals the last two games tied him for second on the team with Dustin Brown at five while captain Anze Kopitar leads the way with six. Alec Martinez notched his first goal Tuesday to give Los Angeles six from its defensemen this season as Drew Doughty boasts three and Jake Muzzin two.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (2-6-1): Montreal’s power play, which was 2-for-26 in its first seven games, has begun to wake up after converting twice on four opportunities against Florida and three times the last two contests. Jonathan Drouin notched a pair of assists Tuesday to push his team-leading total to seven points and captain Max Pacioretty, who leads the team with 35 shots, scored his second of the campaign. Carey Price showed signs of pulling out of his early-season funk with 26 saves against Florida and is 6-1-0 in seven career games against the Kings.

Oddsmakers opened the Canadiens as -110-moneyline favorites versus the Kings, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

The Montreal Canadiens breathed a collective sigh of relief after ending a seven-game losing streak last time out and look to string two wins together for the first time this season when the Los Angeles Kings pay a visit Thursday. Montreal fell behind by a goal Tuesday against Florida before rallying for a 5-1 victory after suffering through its longest losing streak since dropping nine in a row in 1939-40.

“It’s a step in the right direction, but we can’t step back,” Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber told reporters after scoring twice Tuesday. “We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas and we’ve got to keep getting better.” Montreal’s five goals were a season high after managing 12 in the first eight games and will have difficult time matching that figure against Los Angeles, which leads the league at 2.11 goals against per contest. The Kings rebounded from their first regulation loss Monday in Toronto by edging Ottawa 3-2 in a shootout as Adrian Kempe scored for the second straight game and also converted in the bonus format. “We weren’t happy with the result we had (Monday),” Kempe told the Los Angeles Times. “We just wanted to try and bounce back today, and I think we played a good game, and we got the result we wanted.”

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-1 winner as they battled the Panthers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -134 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Senators on October 24. Bettors who backed the Kings at +120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

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Los Angeles:
Team record: 7-1-1 SU
Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Los Angeles is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Montreal:
Team record: 2-6-1 SU
Montreal is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games
Montreal is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal’s last 5 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at Boston Saturday, October 28
Montreal home to New York Saturday, October 28

NHL Hockey Betting Tips

1. Los Angeles entered Wednesday second in the league on the penalty kill (91.2 percent), allowing only three power-play goals.2. Montreal F Andrew Shaw, who had one of his two assists against the Kings last week, is slated to play his 400th NHL game Thursday.

3. The Kings have earned at least a point in seven of the last nine meetings with the Canadiens (6-2-1).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Montreal Canadiens will win outright at -123 and the game will go over 5½ goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Canadiens 4, Kings 2 at .

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