Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/16/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 10:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021
Venue:  STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Where to Watch:  ESPN+


Opening NHL Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Wild -110, Kings -110; Over/Under:  NL goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Wild -110, Kings -110; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Wild -110, Kings -110; Over/Under:  3 goals

Season Record

Minnesota Wild:  0-0-0 (3rd place, Central Division)
Los Angeles Kings:  1-0-0 (1st place, Pacific Division)
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Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Minnesota Wild:  N/A
Los Angeles Kings:  won at home on Oct. 14 against the Las Vegas Golden Knights 6-2.

Minnesota Wild Analysis

The Wild are coming into this game with 0 points and a 0-0-0 record with their season opener still to be played on Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks. This will be their 2nd game of the regular season and the 2nd game of a back-to-back road trip in LA that they are on. They have played in 6 preseason games and they came out of those with 3 wins. The Wild made some moves in the offseason re-signing Kirill Kaprizov and they also picked up Jordie Benn for their defense. Kaprizov along with Joel Eriksson EK and Mats Zuccarello will be the 1st line for the forwards while Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba make up the 1st line for the defensemen. Cam Talbot is the starting goaltender for them. The Wild finished in 3rd place of their division last season going to the playoffs and took the Golden Knights to game 7 but they did not make it out of the first round in the end. They will be looking for much better results in this season.

Los Angeles Kings Analysis

The Kings are coming into this game with 2 points and a 1-0-0 record to start their season. They beat the Golden Knights on Thursday night 6-2 in a game that they led from the start and never looked back. Anze Kopitar had a great night leading the team in points with 5, scoring a hat-trick with 3 goals and 2 assists. Drew Doughty also had a great night with 4 points, 1 goal and 3 assists. Dustin Brown had 2 points, 1 goal and 1 assist, while Alex Iafallo and Vladimir Tkachev both had 2 assists each in that game. Philip Danault scored 1 goal while Viktor Arvidsson and Adrian Kempe both had 1 assist each. Calvin Petersen was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 2 goals on 25 shots with 23 saves and a .920 save percentage. This will be the last game of a 2 game home-stand for the Kings and they will be looking to take another 2 points in this game after a big win on Thursday.


Wild vs Kings Prediction

The Kings are coming into this game as slight underdogs with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They are the home team here and they have an advantage as they already have 1 game played under their belt, and it was a win. The Wild have not played a game yet, they do have their first the night before this one but they will be playing a back-to-back here on the road. The Kings are rested and at home here coming off a win in a game that they looked really good in. The best bet to place in this game is on the Kings to win on the money line at the dog price as they have a good chance of taking this game.
Wild Kings Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (10:30 pm ET start time) is Kings 4 Wild 2.
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NHL Betting Trends

Minnesota Wild: 74-62 (+8.5 units) ATS in all games. 25-20 (+5.6 units) ATS in a road game where the total is 5.5.
Los Angeles Kings: 51-76 (-9.9 units) ATS in all games. 17-23 (-5.1 units) ATS in a home game where the total is 5.5. 33-46 (-4.2 units) ATS after a division game. 

Key Injuries

Minnesota Wild:  M. Boldy (LW) Late Nov - Ankle injury.
Los Angeles Kings:  L. Andersson (C) Out indefinitely - Groin injury. O. Maatta (D) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. A. Athanasiou (LW) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. Q. Byfield (C) Out indefinitely - Ankle injury.

Players to Watch

Minnesota Wild: Kirill Kaprizov is one player to watch in this NHL matchup. He was re-signed to a long contract in the offseason and he is one of their best forwards on the offense. Look for him to get the puck and try to score some goals in this game.
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points and in goals scored this season. He is coming off of a great first game and he will be looking to continue that in this game. Look for him to find the back of the net here and help his team win this game.

Notable Quotes

"I think we have a pretty good book on them after playing them so much last year. They've inserted some youth and some excitement into their group." Dean Evason on playing the Kings so much last year.
“I mean, you just try to stay in the moment, really. You don’t think about that too much. I mean, just play. Like I said, it’s the first game of the season, so first and foremost, we wanted to get off to a good start and get the two points in the bank and just kind of go from there.” - Anze Kopitar after their win against Vegas in their season opener.

Starting Lineups

Minnesota Wild
LW Kaprizov, Kirill 
C Eriksson Ek, Joel
RW Zuccarello, Mats
LD Brodin, Jonas
RD Dumba, Matt
G Talbot, Cam
Los Angeles Kings
LW Arvidsson, Viktor
C Kopitar, Anze
RW Brown, Dustin
LD Anderson, Michael
RD Doughty, Drew
G Petersen, Cal

Statistical Leaders

Minnesota Wild
Points: N/A
Goals: N/A
Assists: N/A
Los Angeles Kings
Points: A.Kopitar (5)
Goals: A.Kopitar (3)
Assists: D.Doughty (3)
GAA: C.Petersen (2.01)
Minnesota Wild: Dean Evason (3rd season)
Los Angeles Kings: Todd McLellan (3rd season)

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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