Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars / NHL –Even though the Kings are eighth and Stars only 12th in the Western conference, the difference between these two teams is only four points. Kings have the opportunity to increase the scoring advantage in this round, while Dallas will try to stop the negative series of three defeats. The Kings have defeated the great Minnesota at home in the last round and they are welcoming this match in a good mood. Begins: 10.01.2017. – 04:30 CET
Los Angeles Kings
We are accustomed that the Kings are fighting for the top of the table, however, they are playing very poorly this season and therefore are only in the eighth position. By the end of the season there is still a lot of matches to be played and if the team from Los Angeles makes a winning series, they could soon be in the top of the table. The biggest problem is that the Kings are playing according to the system – hot and cold. After a winning series, their form has drop and they recorded a few losses in a row. Their positive series was made the last time at the end of November last year when they recorded five victories in a row.
Since then, they are playing quite changeable and they can no longer record a winning series. Last year, they ended with three defeats in a row as guests. However, at the beginning of 2017, they have played a little better, so in the next four games, they recorded three wins and one defeat. After two wins in a row over San Jose Sharks, they played the last two matches in their hall. Their fans hoped that their team could continue the positive series. However, in the first match, they suffered a convincing defeat by Detroit with 0:4. In the last round, they welcomed Minnesota who recently plays great, and the Kings have this time provided a much better game and at the end they celebrated a victory after extra time.
Dallas played very well last season and at the end of the regular part of the championship they ended up in the first place. A lot was expected of this team in the playoffs, however, the Stars were eliminated relatively early. They lost to St. Louis Blues in the quarterfinals and thus completed their performance earlier than expected. Before the start of the new season, many considered the Stars to be the favourites, however, they are currently running at the 12th position with 40 points. The biggest problem for Dallas this season's game in defence. After Winnipeg and Vancouver, they have the worst defence in the Western conference.
Unlike the Kings, Dallas played well at the end of last year and they recorded three wins in a row, and one was just against the Los Angeles Kings at home. In an exciting game the hosts came to a victory after extra time. However, this year the Stars played very badly. They played three matches and have experienced as many losses. First they lost at home from Florida and Montreal, and then in the last round, they lost to St. Louis Blues. They experienced defeats with result of 4:3 in both matches, although they lost to the Canadiens after extra time.
Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars PICK
The Kings have played twice against Dallas this season and both times they were the guests. In the first match they recorded a victory, while they were defeated in the previous match. The winner was in the first match decided only after extra time. This time we expect an exciting match, but we give slight advantage to the Kings due to their better form and a home court advantage.
Pick: Los Angeles Kings win
Odds: 1.62 at bet365 (down to 1.55 can be played)