Kings vs. Capitals - 3/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (49-13-4) at Los Angeles Kings (39-22-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -121 / Washington Capitals +110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSWHD
The Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings square off Wednesday at the STAPLES Center.
The Washington Capitals look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 41 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 47 assists and Justin Williams has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 115 goals on 1,490 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 29 goals on 414 shots. Holtby has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Los Angeles Kings also look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power plays. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 24 goals, Anze Kopitar has 38 assists and Jeff Carter has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Jonathan Quick has allowed 114 goals on 1,416 shots faced and Jhonas Enroth has given up 24 goals on 347 shots. Quick has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Kings are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 games following a win. The Capitals are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-8 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Capitals have lost five straight in LA and eight of their last 10 against the Kings overall. With both teams playing great hockey over the last week or so, we have to give the edge to the home team that's had Washington's number over the years.