Fresh off of their 6-2 win in Anaheim, the New Jersey Devils visit Arena to take on the hot LA Kings.

Projected Lineups

LA Kings (25-14-6)

Here’s how the Kings skated in their win over San Jose on Wednesday:

Keep an eye on the morning skate for any potential changes.

New Jersey Devils (27-12-13)

Here is how the Devils skated in last night’s win over the Ducks:


Here’s how the two teams match up at 5-on-5 per Natural Stat Trick

New Jersey Devils 55.4 57.5 57.6 59.6 8.9 0.921 1.009
Los Angeles Kings 51.7 52.8 51.8 52.6 8.3 0.908 0.99

The Devils are one of the best teams in the league at 5-on-5. They play an uptempo game and will look to generate chances off the rush. They’re sure to put pressure on the Kings through the neutral zone on Saturday.

Special Teams

Team PP% PK%
New Jersey Devils 20.5 82.0
Los Angeles Kings 24.4 73.1

Betting Odds

Let’s look at the odds, courtesy of Betstamp.

*Note: the odds below are for sports books offered in New York. Refer to available sports books specific to your state.

**Odds as of 1 pm ET/10 am PT may have changed since this was published.

Via Betstamp

The LA Kings are slight favorites in this one, with BetRivers offering the best price at -114. If you like the visiting Devils, FanDuel‘s +102 is your best bet there. The total on the game is 6.5 across the board, with BetRivers offering the Over at -103 while several books have the Under at -110.

If you’ve followed me at all, you know how big of a fan of this Devils team I am. In general, if I can get them at plus money, I’d take it. But given the back-to-back situation against an LA Kings team playing their best hockey, this game will be a pass for me.

If Jonathan Quick gets the nod, I don’t hate the Over in this one.

News & Notes

  • Viktor Arvidsson skated in practice Friday, so it looks like he should draw back into the lineup.
  • With Vitek Vanecek getting the start last night, I’d expect to see MacKenzie Blackwood between the pipes for the Devils. Blackwood is 5-3-1 this season with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage.
  • The Kings’ last win against an Eastern Conference team was in Boston on December 15th. They’ve dropped the two since then.
  • Both teams come into this one riding three-game winning streaks. They’ve each won four of their last five as well.


(Main Photo Credit: USAToday)

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