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Los Angeles Kings vs. Nashville Predators - 1/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Nashville Predators (23-11-6) at Los Angeles Kings (24-12-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings -130 / Nashville Predators +118 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSM, FSWHD

The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Nashville Predators could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 15 goals, P.K. Subban has 20 assists and Kevin Fiala has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 72 goals on 952 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 27 goals on 345 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

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Los Angeles Kings vs. Nashville Predators - 1/6/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Kings also need a feel good win after splitting their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 17 goals, Drew Doughty has 23 assists and Dustin Brown has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 73 goals on 1,017 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 19 goals on 287 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.

The Predators are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference, 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The Predators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles.

The Nashville Predators are in a bit of a slump right now, as the defense has slipped a bit, and they've struggled their most recently on the road. The Los Angeles Kings have been hit or miss, but they've done well on their home ice and have beat up on teams in their own conference. The Kings have also beaten the Predators in five of the last seven meetings and have scored at least three goals in each of the last four meetings. Give me the Kings at home and the cheap price.

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