Detroit Red Wings vs. Los Angeles Kings - 10/31/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (6-1-2) at Detroit Red Wings (5-2-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -102 / Los Angeles Kings -108 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Kings look to shake off a lackluster effort in Pittsburgh last night as they head into Detroit to take on the Red Wings at the Joe.
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The Kings went in to Pittsburgh on Thursday night looking to make a statement against a fellow Cup favourite and hand the Penguins a loss at home but it was Pittsburgh who dealt the blow as they shut the Kings out by a 3-0 final. Los Angeles will certainly be in the mix in the playoff picture for the entire season but as the reigning Cup champs they have to understand they are likely going to get their opponent's best on every night of the week and that will take its toll on a team as we saw on Thursday despite this being early on in the season. The Kings will look to make amends on Friday as they head into Detroit to take on a Red Wings team who is off to an impressive 5-2-2 start and is right in the mix in the Atlantic division. It is unclear whether Martin Jones or Jonathan Quick will get the call in goal but they will be going up against Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings.
Detroit is off to a pretty respectable start as they have won five of their first nine contests and have points in two more and have to be happy with where they are through the first eighth of the schedule. The Wings have become synonymous with playoff hockey and have seen the second season for two plus decades in a row and while they had to pull some strings to keep that going last year they are in a much better position this season to lock up another. The Wings somehow are an underrated team as many look at the Eastern Conference as being Pittsburgh and Montreal's to lose and while they are both great teams this Wings team is in a changing of the guard as their young stars are becoming the focal points alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. With the Kings being shut out last night I am a bit weary of how they will respond as they have the horses to put up five or six but against the Wings I see this being a tightly contested game where scoring will be at a premium. Take the under here.