Los Angeles Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (33-14-10) at Los Angeles Kings (28-18-12)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
It comes as a surprise to nobody who follows the National Hockey League that the Los Angeles Kings are the hottest team going right now as we head into the season’s final month. It’s just par for the course for Los Angeles as they seem to find a way to go on a run every single year around this time. This whole run for the Kings started with them looking like a club that was going to miss the playoffs before going on a run where they lost just four games as a No. 8 seed en route to a Stanley Cup victory. After struggling all season long and looking up at clubs like Calgary and Winnipeg, the Kings have finally figured things out and put their foot on the gas. It’s now seven straight wins for Los Angeles who now sits in third place in the Pacific Division standings, tied in points with the Flames and Sharks but with games in hand. Their offense has come alive during this stretch, totaling 25 goals overall, but it was defense and goaltending that led them to a victory outdoors against San Jose on Saturday night. Jonathan Quick has not had a great year by his standards but against the Sharks at Levi’s Stadium he stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced in the 2-1 win. The goal he allowed late in the first period to Brent Burns is one that Quick definitely wishes he had back, but he made up for it in a big way during a second period where the Kings were out shot 15-6. Marian Gaborik’s 17th of the season 4:04 into the third period proved to be the game winner. Kyle Clifford got the Kings on the board early in the opening period. Now the Kings get to return home to the Staples Center for two games before heading back out on the road.
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The Detroit Red Wings played one of the more wild games we’ve seen in the league this season on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars. It was a game that the Red Wings just couldn’t seem to make up their minds about whether or not they wanted to win. Pavel Datsyuk’s 18th goal of the season in the second period gave Detroit a 2-1 lead before Dallas would put together three straight to take a 4-2 lead with them into the third period. Jakub Kindl scored twice in the first 1:41 of the final frame to even the score, but Jimmy Howard could not stop the Stars from scoring twice more. Trailing 6-4 The Red Wings got back to within a goal on Justin Abdelkader’s power play goal, and with under two minutes remaining in regulation it was Datsyuk’s second of the night that evened things up and sent the game to overtime. With how crazy this game was it would have been shocking if the overtime session lasted very long, and Niklas Kronwall ended things quickly with his seventh of the season to lift the Red Wings to the 7-6 win. Jonas Gustavsson recorded the win despite facing just two total shots after replacing Howard. Detroit it just four points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for second place in the Atlantic Division standings with five games in hand.
This is one of the many good games on Tuesday night as we head down the home stretch here. The Kings have been unstoppable of late but their run has to come to an end at some point. Detroit can play the type of game that can frustrate the Kings if they can just keep control of the puck and not allow the Kings to get their physical game going.