Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings - 11/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (7-8-1) at Colorado Avalanche (6-8-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche +101 / Los Angeles Kings -125 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, ALT
The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche meet Tuesday night in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.
The Los Angeles Kings could use a feel good win after losing six of their last nine games. The Kings are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 9.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tanner Pearson leads Los Angeles with six goals, Jeff Carter has six assists and Tyler Toffoli has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up 26 goals on 302 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 80 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have lost all eight games this season when allowing more than two goals.
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The Colorado Avalanche also need a big victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Avalanche are averaging 1.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with six goals, Gabriel Landeskog has four assists and Rene Bourque has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 31 goals on 299 shots faced and Calvin Pickard has allowed nine goals on 117 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed two or less goals in five of their last nine games.
The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 12-5 in their last 17 Tuesday games. The Avalanche are 1-10 in their last 11 Tuesday games and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 8-3-6 in the last 17 meetings.
While I usually like to side with the home team in games between two struggling teams, the Kings are clearly the better team here and have won six of the last eight games against the Avalanche. I have more confidence the Kings will turn things around before Colorado, so give me the road team and the reasonable price.