Avalanche vs Kings Pick – NHL Predictions & Odds 3/9/23
Los Angeles Kings (37-20-8) vs. Colorado Avalanche (35-21-6)
March 9, 2023 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -156 / Los Angeles Kings +126; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche meet Thursday in NHL action at the Ball Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 30 goals, Kevin Fiala has 45 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 99 goals on 798 shots faced, and Pheonix Copley has allowed 75 goals on 744 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 42 goals, Nathan MacKinnon has 50 assists and Evan Rodrigues has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 116 goals on 1,432 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has given up 38 goals on 470 shots.
The Kings are 16-5 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Avalanche are 76-29 in their last 105 home games and 139-68 in their last 207 overall. The over is 15-7-2 in Kings last 24 overall. The under is 31-15-4 in Avalanche last 50 overall. The Kings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and 1-9 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche are going to be favored more times than not, especially at home, where they’re impressive. However, the Los Angeles Kings have been too good to turn down in the plus money role as they’re coming off a strong week, and they have the offensive horses to give these Avs a run. Give me the road dog.