thursday nhl

thursday nhl

Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 10/03/2013 20:00 EDT, Score: 3 - 2

Money Line: -101 Los Angeles

Sportsbook: Pinnacle

Result: Win

3-unit Play Take #9 Los Angeles Kings (-105) over Minnesota Wild (8:05pm EST) They are no longer the defending Stanley Cup champions, but the Los Angeles Kings are still one of the elite teams in the NHL. They have nearly their entire team coming back once again and that is huge in these early season contests where other teams are still trying to jell. One guy that I expect to have a huge bounce back year is goaltender Jonathan Quick. He struggled during the regular season last year, only to regain his magic from two years ago in last year's postseason. The Blackhawks were too strong for them in the Western Conference Finals, but this was clearly the second best team in the Western Conference and they should be better this season. The Minnesota Wild had a disappointing season in 2012-2013 as they barely qualified for the playoffs and were bounced in five games by the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs. Many fans were thinking Stanley Cup when this team added Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but they never really got it going and their lack of depth really held them back. I don't see much changing this season. They made a few minor changes but will likely run into the same problems, and I'm not crazy about their goalie situation. Take the Kings tonight.

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