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Avalanche at Kings - 10/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche (2-2-0) at Los Angeles Kings (1-3-0)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -192 / Colorado Avalanche +173 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ALT, FSWHD

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings meet late Sunday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look to get a game above a .500 record with a big road victory here. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 41.7 percent of their power plays. John Mitchell leads Colorado with four goals, Nathan MacKinnon has four assists and Gabriel Landeskog has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their power play chances. Semyon Varlamov has allowed 13 goals on 82 shots faced and Reto Berra has given up zero goals on 40 shots. Varlamov has allowed three or more goals in seven of his last 10 outings. Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie are questionable.

Avalanche at Kings - 10/18/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings could use a big home victory here after a rocky 1-3 start to the season. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on 5.9 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with two goals, Jeff Carter has two assists and Dustin Brown has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 85 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 12 goals on 105 shots faced. Quick has allowed two or less goals in seven of his last 10 outings. Matt Greene is questionable with an upper-body injury.

The Avalanche are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Kings are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Avalanche are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings overall.

Both teams have been a little shaky defensively early on, especially the Avalanche. In fact, the over is 3-1-1 in the Colorado Avalanche's last five games. Instead of playing with the big chalk, I like the over here. 

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Over 5

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