The visiting St.Louis Blues look to avoid going down 3-0 in their Western Conference series with the Los Angeles Kings tonight, Thursday May 3rd, for Game 3 of the best of seven series. The Kings have won five of six over the Blues. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Kings as -115 moneyline home favorites over the Blues (+105) with the over/under set at 4.5 goals. Be sure to check the St.Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings Game 3 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
St.Louis (4-3, 2-0 V) dropped a 3-1 decision in the opener of this set, and were dealt a 5-2 setback in Monday’s Game 2 at Scottrade Center. Andy McDonald and Matt D’Agostini each scored a goal for the Blues, who downed San Jose in the first round to win a playoff series for the first time since 2002. Brian Elliott allowed all five goals on 21 shots. “They just came out firing, and we weren’t ready physically or mentally,” Blues forward T.J. Oshie admitted.
Goalie Brian Elliott will start again tonight since Jaroslav Halak has been ruled out for the remainder of this series with a lower-body injury. Halak was injured in Game 2 of the Blues’ first-round victory over the San Jose Sharks. Halak and Elliott essentially split time between the pipes during the regular season, with the former making 46 starts and compiling a 1.97 goals against average and Elliott posting a 1.56 GAA over 38 games — 36 starts.
Alex Pietrangelo, who has a lower-body injury, practiced with the club Wednesday after sitting out Game 2, and afterward Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said the decision belonged to the defenseman. “He feels OK,” Hitchcock said. “If he feels OK tomorrow, and wants to give it a go, we’ll let him go. But it’s nice to see him out there.”
LA’s (6-1, 1-1 H) Anze Kopitar scored twice, while Mike Richards and Jeff Carter also scored in a four-goal first period. Justin Williams finished with a goal and an assist, while Dustin Brown added three helpers for the Kings. Jonathan Quick, who came into the game with a 1.49 goals against average and a .955 save percentage, allowed two goals on 29 shots in Monday’s win. The Kings outscored the Blues by an 8-3 margin in the first two games in St. Louis and LA has a chance to end the series on home ice.
Dustin Penner had no points in the Kings’ last nine regular-season games but had a goal and an assist in their first-round elimination of the Vancouver Canucks. Slotted alongside the savvy Mike Richards and quick-shooting Jeff Carter, Penner was an irresistible force and an unmovable object in the Kings’ two playoff victories over the St. Louis Blues, recording a goal and assist in Game 1 and two key assists in Game 2 to put the Kings up in the series.
The Bottom Line: LA isn’t about to slow down now. Go Kings! Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles.
Under is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings.
Blues are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
Blues are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest.
Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Central.
Kings are 7-1 in their last 8 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days.
Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 overall.
Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
Blues are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games.
Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Semifinals games.
St.Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings
When: Thursday, May 3rd@10:00 PM EST
Pick: Kings -115
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