Los Angeles Kings vs Florida Panthers 11/5/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Florida Panthers (6-4-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (6-6-1)
November 5, 2022 10:30 pm EDT
The Line: Los Angeles Kings +150 / Florida Panthers -189; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Florida Panthers and the Los Angeles Kings meet in NHL action from the Crypto.com Arena on Saturday night.

The Florida Panthers will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last four games after a 4-3 shootout win over Florida in their last game. Matthew Tkachuk has a team-high 16 points with 5 goals and 11 assists while Aleksander Barkov and Carter Verhaeghe each have 9 points with Barkov logging 7 assists while Verhaeghe has 5 goals of his own this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has posted a 3-3-1 record with a 3.03 GAA and a .901 save percentage while Spencer Knight is 3-1 with a 2.53 GAA and an .899 save percentage in goal for Florida this season.

The Los Angeles Kings will hope to bounce back from back-to-back losses after a 2-1 OT loss to Chicago in their last game. Gabe Vilardi and Kevin Fiala each have 13 points with Vilardi logging a team-high 8 goals along with 5 assists while Fiala has a team-high 10 assists. Anze Kopitar also has 20 points with 8 assists while Adrian Kempe has 6 goals of hiw own this season. Jonathan Quick has gone 3-4-1 with a 3.26 GAA and an .889 save percentage while Cal Petersen has a 3-2 record with a 4.30 GAA and an .868 save percentage this season.

Florida is 50-24 in their last 74 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games against the Western Conference. Los Angeles is 31-11 in their last 42 games against the Eastern Conference and 21-8 in their last 29 games against the Atlantic division while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.

I get the reasoning for backing Florida, but the problem is that a lot of folks, and I think the books as well, are still living in the past with this Florida team. But the Panthers aren’t the same team from a year ago and certainly don’t look like it early on this season. The Kings have had their ups and downs as well, but they are still a pretty good team and getting them at plus money at home feels like some good value. I’ll take a shot with the Kings and the plus money here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Los Angeles +150

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