Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Islanders - 11/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (5-8-4) at Los Angeles Kings (10-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -185 / New York Islanders +166 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSWHD
The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings square off late Wednesday night in a NHL showdown at the STAPLES Center.
The New York Islanders look for another big victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Islanders are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 12 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads New York with five goals, Brock Nelson has seven assists and Dennis Seidenberg has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 38 goals on 398 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 13 goals on 143 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed two or more goals in nine straight games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Carter leads Los Angeles with nine goals, Tanner Pearson has four assists and Tyler Toffoli has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Peter Budaj has given up 35 goals on 414 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has allowed 10 goals on 80 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have won 10 straight games when scoring at least three goals.
The Islanders are 9-3 in their last 12 Wednesday games and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 9-4 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Islanders are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-10 in the last 14 meetings overall.
The Kings may be inconsistent, but one thing they continue to do is find ways to get the job done at home. Meanwhile, the Islanders are on the end of a back to back and haven't won two straight games in a month. I look for the Kings offense to do some damage here and get their fifth straight victory on their home ice.