Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/26/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/26/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (37-18-6) at Los Angeles Kings (22-35-6)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Kings +158 / Pittsburgh Penguins -175 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: NBCS

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Staples Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 23 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 41 assists and Kris Letang has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 92 goals on 928 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 65 goals on 895 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 18 games.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Los Angeles with 18 goals, Anze Kopitar has 38 assists and Dustin Brown has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 115 goals on 1,133 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 14 goals on 136 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.

The Penguins are 20-7 in their last 27 games as a favorite, 45-19 in their last 64 vs. Western Conference and 23-11 in their last 34 overall. The Kings are 24-56 in their last 80 games as an underdog, 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 30-61 in their last 91 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The under is 9-4-2 in Kings last 15 home games. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Los Angeles Kings have had success against the Penguins, winning four of the last five meetings, but these are two teams that are heading in different directions as the season enters the home stretch. Home ice hasn't helped the Kings much and the lack of consistency on the defensive end makes them very hard to trust against above-average competition. I'm laying the juice in this game simply because the price isn't that bad, and I don't want to get burned on the PL with a road team. Give me the Penguins in a victory. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -175

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