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Kings vs. Predators - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (24-9-3) at Los Angeles Kings (19-12-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -129 / Nashville Predators +117 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, FSWHD

The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings play Saturday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.

The Nashville Predators have split their last four games and begin a two-game road trip. The Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have scored four power play goals in their last three games and have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 14 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 21 assists and James Neal has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing 2.1 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Pekka Rinne has allowed 61 goals on 920 shots faced and Carter Hutton has given up 11 goals on 105 shots. The Predators have lost three of their last five road games.

Kings vs. Predators - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings have split their last eight games and are hanging around in the Pacific. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have four power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Tyler Toffoli leads the Kings with 12 goals, Jeff Carter has 18 assists and Justin Williams has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Martin Jones has allowed 15 goals on 190 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 73 goals on 906 shots.

The Predators are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 20-8 in their last 28 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 71-32 in their last 103 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The Predators are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

You see Nashville's record against West teams in the last 28 contests? I'll have some of that. The Kings are just too inconsistent to back with the juice even though they're at home.

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Nashville Predators +117

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