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Kings vs. Canadiens - 3/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (30-28-5) at Los Angeles Kings (37-21-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -230 / Montreal Canadiens +205 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, FSWHD

The Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings square off Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.

The Montreal Canadiens could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 23 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 20 assists and Dale Weise has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 102 goals on 1,061 shots faced and Ben Scrivens has given up 25 goals on 252 shots. Condon has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.

Kings vs. Canadiens - 3/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings look for consistency after splitting their last 20 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 24 goals, Anze Kopitar has 35 assists and Jeff Carter has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 108 goals on 1,357 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 24 goals on 347 shots. Quick has allowed six goals in his last three games.

The Canadiens are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-21 in their last 28 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 18-8 in their last 26 home games. The Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.

The Canadiens are just tough to back, as there's no consistency, especially on zero days rest. The Kings have had plenty of time off and have caught fire at home. I'll take the Kings by two goals to increase the value of the bet. 

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Los Angeles Kings -1.5

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