The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings meet Saturday in the NHL action at the crypto.com Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 19 goals, Roman Josi has 39 assists and Matt Duchene has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 131 goals on 1,583 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 35 goals on 451 shots.
The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 24.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Adrian Kempe leads Los Angeles with 32 goals, Kevin Fiala has 46 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 171 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76 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 Predators are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games. The Kings are 6-0 in their last 6 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The over is 16-7-2 in Kings last 25 overall. The Predators are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Nashville Predators have been a sneaky good team lately and can steal a game or two as underdogs, but the Kings are coming off their best week of the year and have found another gear recently. There's no stepping in front of the Kings in their current form. At home and the price is reasonable. Give me the Kings.