Kings vs. Canadiens - 3/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (41-18-5) at Los Angeles Kings (30-21-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, FSWHD
The Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings meet Thursday night at the STAPLES Center.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have one power play goal in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 30 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 24 assists and Alex Galchenyuk has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last seven games. Carey Price has allowed 100 goals on 1,542 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 34 goals on 397 shots.
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The Los Angeles Kings look to stay hot with wins in nine of their last 12 games. The Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Los Angeles Kings have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won eight straight when scoring at least three goals. Jeff Carter leads the Kings with 21 goals, Tyler Toffoli has 21 assists and Justin Williams has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last nine games. Martin Jones has allowed 25 goals on 276 shots faced and Jonathan Quick has given up 125 goals on 1,449 shots.
The Canadiens are 11-4 in their last 15 road games and 24-11 in their last 35 overall. The Kings are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Canadiens have owned the Kings the last couple of years and have been nothing but money on the road as of late. I'll take Montreal in this spot.