Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (7-2-1) at Los Angeles Kings (4-6-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -111 / Pittsburgh Penguins -111 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSWHD
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings square off Thursday night in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling as they hope to build on their four-game winning streak. The Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Phil Kessel has six assists and Patric Hornqvist has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 27 goals on 298 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-1 this season when scoring at least three goals.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for a strong home victory that would snap a rough three-game losing streak. The Kings are averaging 1.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tanner Pearson leads Los Angeles with four goals, Alec Martinez has five assists and Tyler Toffoli has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 73.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up 17 goals on 170 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 62 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have been shutout in each of their last three games.
The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 16-7 in their last 23 road games. The Kings are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 3-1-4 in the last 8 meetings.
It's only a matter of time before the Penguins cool off and they're playing a good team in the Kings on the end of a back-to-back. However, the Kings have been lousy recently and haven't scored in nine straight periods. Also, the road team has won five of the last seven games between the Kings and Penguins. I'll keep riding the hot Penguins until they stop paying.