Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (14-8-2) at Los Angeles Kings (15-8-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -154 / Pittsburgh Penguins +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSWHD
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings square off Saturday afternoon at the STAPLES Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a nice road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Kris Letang has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 43 goals on 603 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 10 goals on 157 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings hope to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 11 goals, Jeff Carter has 13 assists and Anze Kopitar has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 44 goals on 536 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up five goals on 133 shots. Quick has allowed four goals in his last three games. Trevor Lewis is questionable.
The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games. The Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games and 14-6 in their last 20 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings overall.
While the Kings are playing solid hockey as of late, the Penguins are well rested and have had success playing in LA. When you factor in the plus money as well, the value here is on the road team.