Kings vs. Stars - 4/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dallas Stars (47-22-9) at Los Angeles Kings (46-26-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Dallas Stars --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSWHD
The Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings square off Saturday afternoon at the Staples Center.
The Dallas Stars look to keep rolling after winning six of their last seven games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with 40 goals, Tyler Seguin has 40 assists and Jason Spezza has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their power play chances. Antti Niemi has allowed 114 goals on 1,192 shots faced and Kari Lehtonen has given up 101 goals on 1,076 shots. Niemi has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for another win after winning eight of their last 13 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 29 goals, Anze Kopitar has 45 assists and Jeff Carter has 225 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 139 goals on 1,706 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 27 goals on 375 shots. Quick has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Stars are 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Kings are 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 9-4-2 in the last 15 meetings.
Both teams are picking up steam heading into the playoffs, especially the Stars who looked shaky just a few weeks ago. This game could go either way, but the Kings have been extremely consistent on their home ice. I like the home team in this spot.