Los Angeles Kings vs. Minnesota Wild - 3/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Wild (34-26-7) at Los Angeles Kings (26-35-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +131 / Minnesota Wild -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV: FSW, FSN
The Minnesota Wild and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Staples Center.
The Minnesota Wild look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Ryan Suter has 38 assists and Eric Staal has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 89 goals on 823 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 89 goals on 1,006 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The Los Angeles Kings look for a win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 20 goals, Drew Doughty has 25 assists and Dustin Brown has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 116 goals on 1,166 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 16 goals on 215 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 17 games.
The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Kings are 5-2 in their last 7 home games, 27-56 in their last 83 games as an underdog and 12-39 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 15-5-3 in Wild last 23 Saturday games. The under is 4-0-1 in Kings last 5 home games. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Wild and Kings, and with both teams playing impressive hockey over the last week and some change, that's the direction I have to lean. The Wild have done some of their best recent work on the road, but the Kings can string some nice wins together out of nowhere and become quite profitable. At home with the decent plus money, I'll take a shot with the Kings, as the home team continues its dominance in this series.