Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/12/21

Colorado Avalanche vs Los Angeles Kings NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/12/21 Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings (11-8-6) at Colorado Avalanche (14-8-2)

NHL Hockey: Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Ball Arena)

The Line: Colorado Avalanche -221 / Los Angeles Kings +198 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche meet Friday in NHL action at the Ball Arena.

The Los Angeles Kings need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 27.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 13 goals, Anze Kopitar has 24 assists and Jeff Carter has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 33 goals on 325 shots faced and Calvin Petersen has given up 35 goals on 407 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 12 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 17 assists and Nazem Kadri has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has allowed 41 goals on 496 shots faced and Hunter Miska has allowed 14 goals on 104 shots.

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The Kings are 20-43 in their last 63 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Avalanche are 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 35-16 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 20-6-3 in Kings last 29 Friday games. The under is 4-1 in Avalanche last 5 overall. The Kings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Colorado and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are the better team here obviously, but they've been a little hit or miss these last couple of weeks and can really struggle on offense for long stretches. The Los Angeles Kings have been improved defensively and they've done a good job of stringing together a few wins when they do win. The Kings have also owned the Avalanche over the years, which includes a 4-2 win when these clubs met back in late January. Big price here. I'll take a shot with the Kings and the big plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Kings +198

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

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