Kings vs. Wild - 1/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (22-15-8) at Los Angeles Kings (29-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSWHD
The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings play Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Minnesota Wild need a nice win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power plays. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 16 goals, Mikko Koivu has 23 assists and Thomas Vanek has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 79.4 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 82 goals on 1,043 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 19 goals on 247 shots. Dubnyk has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 22 goals, Anze Kopitar has 27 assists and Jeff Carter has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 80 goals on 1,038 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 16 goals on 230 shots. Quick has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference. The under is 31-13-8 in the last 52 meetings.
The Kings are starting to find their groove as of late and have flat out beaten up on the western conference recently. The Wild have lost five straight and are running into this hot LA team on the end of a back to back. Have to side with the home team here.