One thing you have to give the Los Angeles Kings - in a salary cap world, they aren't afraid of finding a way to make a blockbuster move. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, Vincent Lecavlaier and Luke Schenn are some of the big names the Kings have acquired in recent years in their bids to win it all.
Losing key players to drug issues and domestic battery charges in recent seasons, the Kings have been forced to make many changes ahead of schedule and while for the most part they've been able to do patchwok in the short run, long term, you have to wonder whether the Kings can keep running with the big dogs in the Pacific Division.
Los Angeles Kings Betting Lines Today
Everything you need to know before you wager on Los Angeles Kings is right here at your fingertips for your perusal. After years of success, the Kings found themselves overloaded with veteran players on imposing contracts.
Does that mean the smart money is betting against the Kings? Well, they still have some high-end talent and are not a team to be overlooked.
The Kings scores and game schedule are below and one factor that's important when betting on the Kings is that they can find a way to win the game without going to the shootout.
The shootout has not been friendly to the Kings.
Needing a win in their final game of the 2015-16 season to clinch the Pacific Division title, the Kings squandered a 3-0 lead to the Winnipeg Jets and lost in a shootout, finishing one point behind the Anaheim Ducks. Los Angeles won just two shootout games in 2015-16 and in 2014-15.
On the other hand, the Kings have proven to be a huge success at three-on-three overtime, after years of struggling to find winning avenues in four on for OT.
Los Angeles Kings Standings Right Now
The Los Angeles Kings standings are right here and the question with the Kings is can they keep up that pace going forward as their core ages?
The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are as strong as ever and appear to have more depth of young talent on hand than the Kings. And if L.A. looks in the rear-view mirror the Kings will see the Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes, both loaded with up-and-coming high-end skill players, closing fast.
Hard against the salary cap, the Kings will find it difficult to patchwork their issues, especially their lack of depth on defense.
How To Win At Los Angeles Kings Betting
One asset the Kings know that they can count on for years to come is center Anze Kopitar. With unrestricted free agency beckoning, Kopitar opted to re-up with the Kings, signing an eight-year, $80-million deal and by doing so, allowed L.A. to lock up the services of the guy who might be the best two-way forward in the NHL today.
Kopitar led the Kings in scoring every season between 2007-08 and 2015-16 and was a plus-115 between 2010-16, finsihing plus-34 during the 2015-16 season, second in the NHL behind the plus-35 rating of teammate Tyler Toffoli.
Dustin Brown captained the Los Angeles Kings to two Stanley Cups. Jonathan Quick gave them Conn Smythe Trophy worth netminding. But the real hero, the Rock of Gibraltar during those two Stanley Cup runs was defenseman Drew Doughty. A physical presence, a solid offensive contributor and a minute-munching machine there's little Doughty can't do on the ice. Off the ice, he's a leader in the room, someone who will step up and be heard, whether he's calling on his teammates to be better or calling out the opposition to let them know that he's coming to get them.