Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (35-18-7) at Los Angeles Kings (22-34-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under:

TV: Alti, FSW

The Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 33 goals, Cale Makar has 33 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 53 goals on 691 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 10 games.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a win after winning three of their last four games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 36 assists and Dustin Brown has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 110 goals on 1,073 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 11 goals on 106 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Avalanche are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings. The under is 8-2-4 in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles and 13-6-8 in the last 27 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche have had issues beating the Kings and have had issues winning in Los Angeles, but they're playing the better and more consistent hockey, and I trust their defense on the road and on the end of back to backs. The Los Angeles Kings have had a nice week, but a few wins doesn't move the needle all that much for me. The Kings are still incosnsitent as all hell and allow goals at a high clip. Give me the Avalanche, the far more trustworthy team. 

Randy’s Pick Colorado Avalanche

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.