Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild - 12/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (13-10-3) at Los Angeles Kings (17-8-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -145 / Minnesota Wild +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Wild look for a big road victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 13 goals, Eric Staal has 13 assists and Jared Spurgeon has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 53 goals on 634 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 20 goals on 208 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Los Angeles Kings look for another victory to build on their solid five-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 14 goals, Drew Doughty has 15 assists and Dustin Brown has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 89.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 47 goals on 672 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 12 goals on 214 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 15-5 in their last 20 vs. Pacific. The Kings are 2-6 in their last 8 home games, 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The Wild are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 31-15-8 in the last 54 meetings.
The Los Angeles Kings are playing some really good hockey at the moment and have been lights out on the defensive end. You can't say the same for the Wild, who struggle to put together back-to-back winning performances and have had a hard time keeping the puck out of the net. Have to ride the hot hand here and pick the Kings to win what would be a sixth straight game.