Los Angeles Kings vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 10/14/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-0) at Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -179 / Philadelphia Flyers +140 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, FSWHD
The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings square off Friday night in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers will open their 2016-17 season on the road in their second season under coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers managed to win 41 games last year and make the playoffs despite it being a rebuilding year. That’s enough to create optimism in Philadelphia, especially with Shayne Gostisbehere coming off his first full season and Wayne Simmonds fresh off the best offensive season of his career. Claude Giroux should also have a chip on his shoulder after not playing in the World Cup of Hockey despite making the team for Canada. The Philadelphia Flyers should be one of those teams fighting for the last couple of playoff spots in the Eastern Conference and a strong start to a three-game road trip would do wonders for their confidence.
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The Los Angeles Kings hope to bounce back during their home opener after losing Wednesday to the San Jose Sharks, 1-2. The Kings got off to a 1-0 lead thanks to Tyler Toffoli in the first period, but ultimately Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff facing 31 shots was too much to overcome. The good news for the Kings is that five players came out of that game with at least two shots on goal and will find success if guys continue to produce. The bad news for the Kings is that Quick is day to day with a groin injury and Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi said it could be a while before he returns to the ice. The Los Angeles Kings have won five of their last seven regular season home games.
The Flyers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 6-20 in their last 26 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and the road team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
There's value with the plus money considering the Flyers have had recent success playing in Los Angeles and the Kings are without Quick. However, the Los Angeles Kings have an advantage with a game under their belt and don't want to get off to a slow 0-2 start for the third straight season. Even without Quick, the Kings are the better team here and should find a way to get the job done at home.
The Los Angeles Kings bounce back with a nice home win.