Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 3/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Avalanche (41-19-8) at Los Angeles Kings (27-35-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)

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

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TV: Alt2, FSW

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

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 34 goals, Cale Makar has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 90 goals on 1,067 shots and Pavel Francouz has allowed 69 goals on 904 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 18 games.

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The Los Angeles Kings look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Anze Kopitar leads Los Angeles with 21 goals, Drew Doughty has 26 assists and Dustin Brown has 161 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 116 goals on 1,202 shots faced and Cal Petersen has allowed 19 goals on 243 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 18 games. 

The Avalanche are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-2-4 in the last 15 meetings in Los Angeles and 14-6-8 in the last 28 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche have been a consistent team that you don't want to make a habit of betting against, but they're on the end of a back to back and running into a Kings team that's playing well in their own right. The Los Angeles Kings have strung together five straight victories, and they have to like their chances here given the rest advantage and the fact they've won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Avalanche. I'll take a shot with the hot Kings at home.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Kings

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