Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe (9) scores against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
The Los Angeles Kings are -140 road favorites over the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL game scheduled for Wednesday, February 2
LA blanked Detroit 4-0 on home ice on Jan. 8
The Wings are 2-9 straight up as a home underdog this season – see below for our pick
Outcomes for the Detroit Red Wings of late are up and down like a yo-yo. The good news for the Los Angeles Kings is that the trend is showing the Wings should be in a downturn when the two clubs meet Wednesday.
In Detroit’s last four games, they lost 8-5 to the Chicago Blackhawks, then beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. That was followed by a 7-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in which the Wings blew a 4-2 third-period lead. On Monday, Detroit edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in overtime.
In the last game of a six-game road trip, the Kings are 3-0-2 so far along this journey. LA beat the Red Wings 4-0 at home on Jan. 8.
The Kings are set at -140 road favorites in this game. The Red Wings are 1-6 against the puckline in their last seven games.
Kings vs Red Wings Odds
Game Time (ET)
Wednesday Feb. 2
Los Angeles Kings
O 6 (+100)
Detroit Red Wings
U 6 (-120)
Odds as of February 1st at DraftKings.
Wednesday’s game is set for a 7:30pm ET puck drop at Little Caesars Arena.
As a -140 favorite, the Kings are offered an implied probability of victory of 58.33%. If you bet $100 on LA to win in the moneyline, the return on investment would be $171. On the other hand, should you bet Detroit at +120, the payout on a $100 bet would be $220 and the IP of victory is 45.45%.
Seven of the last 10 Detroit games have gone under. As well, in four of LA’s last six games, the under was also the play. Under six goals at -120 looks to be offering value.
Kings vs Red Wings NHL Betting Trends
Consistency is a persistent hobgoblin for the Red Wings, especially when they the NHL’s better teams. The Wings just beat Anaheim, second in the Pacific Division. But they haven’t won back-to-back games against teams occupying playoff positions since October.
Home ice was working well for the Red Wings earlier in the season. They were 11-2-2 through their first 15 home games. But they’re 3-6-1 at LCA ever since.
Kings vs Red Wings Recent Results
Los Angeles 4 Detroit 2
Detroit 3 Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Detroit 2 Los Angeles 4
Los Angeles 4 Detroit 0
LA is 10-5-1 on the road this season.
The fact of the maatta is that Olli Maatta is playing in his 500th NHL game tomorrow. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/E926YCYT71
— LA Kings (@LAKings) February 2, 2022
Third in the Pacific Division with 53 points, LA is at +100 to qualify for the postseason in the NHL playoff odds.
Kings vs Red Wings Injury Report
Detroit lost defenseman Nick Leddy in the second period of Monday’s win over Anaheim with an upper-body injury. He didn’t practice on Tuesday and isn’t expected to play Wednesday.
#RedWings practice before tomorrow’s game vs. Kings at @LCArena_Detroit Their last before the All-Star break. Leddy not skating after upper-body injury in last night’s game. pic.twitter.com/oASEmdDpzQ
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 1, 2022
LA is missing defenseman Matt Roy. He’s in COVID-19 protocol. Defenseman Mikey Anderson (upper-body injury) is on IR.
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Red Wings Riding Nedeljkovic
Detroit goalie Alex Nedeljkovic is in a unique position. He was a Calder Trophy finalist last season. However, since he played only 23 games, Nedeljkovic still qualifies as a rookie this season. He leads all rookie goalies in appearances (33), starts (30) and wins (13).
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— NHL (@NHL) February 1, 2022
With Thomas Griess just back from COVID-19 protocol, the Wings are riding Nedeljkovic. He’s started nine of Detroit’s past 10 games.
Kings vs Red Wings Projected Starting Goalies
Backup Cal Peterson shut out the Wings in the previous meeting with Detroit. However, he got the win on Sunday at Pittsburgh, so expect LA to go with #1 goalie Jonathan Quick in the club’s final game prior to the NHL All-Star break.
Jonathan. Quick. pic.twitter.com/V35p7ZXSOe
— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 25, 2022
Quick has won 11 games but is 0-2-2 in his last four starts.
Kings vs Red Wings Pick & Prediction
Further evidence that the under is the play here – LA is scoring 2.8 goals per game, while Detroit is good for 2.7 gpg.
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— LA Kings (@LAKings) January 31, 2022
The Red Wings are an enticing play in the puckline as well. Detroit has to overtime or the shootout in 18 games this season. That’s second in the NHL to Anaheim (23).
Pick: Under 6 (-120)