St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/1/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings (15-8-3) at St. Louis Blues (17-7-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Los Angeles Kings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWHD, FSMW
The Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues meet Friday in NHL action at the
The Los Angeles Kings look for another victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 12 goals, Drew Doughty has 14 assists and Dustin Brown has 71 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 89.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 44 goals on 618 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 11 goals on 174 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or less goals in their last five games.
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The St. Louis Blues look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 13 goals, Brayden Schenn has 20 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 54 goals on 582 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed nine goals on 168 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Kings are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference, 2-5 in their last 7 Friday games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 11-4 in their last 15 home games and 38-17 in their last 55 overall. The Kings are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Blues have won five of the last six meetings against the Kings, which includes outscoring them 7-3 in the last two matchups. The Kings are on the end of a back to back and playing a St. Louis squad that's been very consistent on its home ice. While the Kings have won three straight and have to be feeling good about themselves, this is a game that favors the Blues. I side with the home team here.