Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/11/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (18-8-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (15-10-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -125 / Los Angeles Kings -103 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, ROOT
The Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Los Angeles Kings look to build on their impressive five-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power plays. Jeff Carter leads Los Angeles with 11 goals, Drew Doughty has 12 assists and Tyler Toffoli has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 50 goals on 604 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up five goals on 133 shots. Quick has allowed six goals in his last three games. Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis are questionable.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Sidney Crosby has 13 assists and Phil Kessel has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 51 goals on 690 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 10 goals on 157 shots. Fleury has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Kings are 9-3 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The Kings are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Penguins are in a bit of a slump right now and are facing a red hot Kings team that's won eight of their last 10 against teams with a winning record. In a toss up game, I'm taking the hotter team for the cheaper price.