Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/30/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (6-1-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -145 / Los Angeles Kings +132 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, ROOT, NHL
The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins square off Thursday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Los Angeles Kings have won six of their last seven games and are in the thick of a tough Pacific Division. The Kings defense has been key during this stretch, as they’re first in the league with an average of 1.7 goals allowed. Martin Jones has allowed one goal on 33 shots and Jonathan Quick has allowed 14 goals on 279 shots faced. The Los Angeles Kings have won seven straight regular season games when allowing two or less goals, and they’ve allowed just one power play goal in their last seven games. Offensively, Tanner Pearson leads the way with seven goals, Tyler Toffoli has eight assists and Justin Williams has 23 shots on goal. Anze Kopitar is doubtful for this game with an upper-body injury. This is the second of a five-game road trip for the Los Angeles Kings.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have won two straight games and haven’t played since Tuesday. The Penguins are getting the job done on the offensive end, averaging a league best 4.1 goals per game. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with seven goals, Evgeni Malkin has seven assists and Patric Hornqvist has 38 shots on goal. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored at least three goals in seven of their eight games, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when that’s the case. The Penguins also have the best power play in the game, scoring five power play goals in their last two games and at least one in six of their eight games. Defensively, Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 17 goals on 193 shots and Thomas Greiss has allowed four goals on 31 shots.
The Kings are 14-3 in their last 17 vs. the Eastern Conference and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. the Western Conference and 63-29 in their last 92 games playing on 1 days rest. The Kings are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
A matchup between two of the more talented teams in the league, this could truly go either way. However, I take elite goaltending over an elite offense anyway, which gives the Kings the advantage in my book. It also helps that we’re getting the plus money with the Los Angeles Kings, which makes LA the better value play in this matchup.