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Oilers vs. Kings - 12/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings (18-12-7) at Edmonton Oilers (7-22-7)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Rexall Place)

The Line: Edmonton Oilers +158 / Los Angeles Kings -175 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWHD, RSNW, TVA

The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers play Tuesday night at the Rexall Place.

The Los Angeles Kings have split their last six games and are playing on the back end of a back-to-back after a loss Monday. The Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have six power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 12 goals, Jeff Carter has 17 assists and Marian Gaborik has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Martin Jones has allowed 15 goals on 190 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 69 goals on 869 shots faced.

Oilers vs. Kings - 12/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Edmonton Oilers have lost nine straight games and play their first game since Saturday. The Oilers are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Edmonton Oilers have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have lost their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall have combined for 20 goals, Jordan Eberle has 14 assists and David Perron has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Oilers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Ben Scrivens has allowed 77 goals on 715 shots faced and Viktor Fasth has given up 41 goals on 345 shots.

The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Pacific. The Oilers are 22-45 in their last 67 home games and 10-44 in their last 54 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Edmonton and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall.

The Oilers hold no value at all anymore with the way they've been playing over the last month, and they've been beat up over the years by the Kings. I expect Los Angeles to win in a blowout, which is why I'm taking the spread here instead of the valueless ML.

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Los Angeles Kings -1.5

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