Kings host Avalanche after poor trip
The Los Angeles Kings lost three of four on their most recent road swing before defeating the Flyers in Philadelphia.
The King went down to the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and New York Islanders before besting the Flyers.
That run of poor form has allowed the Vegas Golden Knights to catch the Kings in the Pacific Division standings with both teams tied on 46 points, seven ahead of the third place Calgary Flames.
Thursday LA, 31.00 to win the Stanley Cup, returns to the Staples Center to welcome in the Colorado Avalanche and will hope to build on their 4-1 victory over the Flyers.
The home stay is a brief one for the Kings who are in San Jose to face the Sharks over the weekend, entertain the Golden Knights next Thursday and then make the Northwest swing to play the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and the Flames.
LA are 1.50 to beat Colorado, the Avalanche meanwhile are 2.70 to win.
Technically in first place in the Western Conference, a stunning position for the expansion franchise to find themselves at this point in the campaign, Vegas is one of four sides on 46 points along with the Kings, Nashville Predators and the St. Louis Blues.
Fresh from their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier in the week, the Golden Knights will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday and travel to Southern California after the Christmas mini break.
Nashville and St. Louis on the other hand are both back on the ice on Thursday with the Predators visited by the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bridgestone Arena and the Blues in Edmonton to match up with the Oilers at the Rogers Place.
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