Colorado Avalanche (26-8-3, 1st at Center) vs. Los Angeles Kings (20-15-5, 2nd at Pacific)
Los Angeles; Thursday, 9:30 p.m. EST
LINE: Kings +166, Avalanche -197; over/under is 6
CONCLUSION: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a duel with Los Angeles. He is currently fifth in the NHL with 51 points, 15 goals and 36 total assists.
The kings are 7-10-4 in conference games. Los Angeles is serving 7.7 penalty minutes per game, the fewest in the Western Conference. Brendan Lemieux leads them with an average of 2.0.
The Avalanche are 9-3-1 against HQ opponents. Colorado ranks first in the Western Conference with 35.0 shots per game and averaging 4.2 goals.
Thursday’s matchup is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
POWERFUL: Adrian Kempe leads the Kings with 17 goals and 24 points. Trevor Moore has nine assists in his last 10 games for Los Angeles.
Kadri has 51 total points while he has 15 goals and 36 assists in total for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon has scored six goals in his last 10 games for Colorado.
LAST 10 GAMES: Kings: 6-4-0, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with an .880 save rate.
Avalanche: 9-0-1, averaging 4.1 goals, 7.2 assists, 4.5 penalties and 10.9 penalty minutes while conceding 2.4 goals per game with a .921 percent save.
INJURIES: Kings: Carl Grundstrom: out (health protocols), Adrian Kempe: out (covid-19).
Avalanche: Bowen Byram: off (personal), Valeri Nichushkin: off (covid-19), Darren Helm: day to day (lower body), Ryan Murray: day to day (upper body).
The Associated Press created this story using Data Skrive technology and data from Sportradar.
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