Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings - 2/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM (TD Garden)
Boston Bruins -235 / Los Angeles Kings +185
TV: NESN, FS-West
The Los Angeles Kings and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Los Angeles Kings will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia, snapping the Flyers’ lengthy winning streak. Austin Wagner opened the scoring for L.A. with the lone goal of the first period, carrying a 1-0 lead into the 2nd. Philly tied the game before Adrian Kempe re-took the lead for the Kings just after the midway point of the 2nd frame. The Kings took that 2-1 lead into the final 20 minutes and nearly held on but the Flyers would tie the game at two with :18 to go, sending us to some extra hockey. Overtime solved nothing, so it was off to the shootout where Ilya Kovalchuk and the aforementioned Kempe scored 2 of the 3 attempts for the Kings. Philly would also score 2 of 3, so it was off to sudden death where Tyler Toffoli gave the Kings the W by scoring in round 6 of the shootout. Jonathan Quick got the win to improve to 11-13-3 after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Boston Bruins will look to rebound after suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers in their last outing. New York scored the lone goal of the opening period to take a 1-0 lead into the 2nd where the B’s jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the midway point of the period as Danton Heinen, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each scored in a span of 4:34. New York scored a pair of goals in the 3rd to send us to overtime where the extra frame solved nothing so we went to a shootout as Brad Marchand scored the lone goal in 7 attempts for the B’s as the Rangers would win in sudden death. Jaroslav Halak took the loss, falling to 13-9-4 after stopping 36 of 39 shots faced in regulation and overtime in the losing effort.
Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Boston is 40-18 in their last 58 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. The under is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
The Bruins at home are always a tough out at home which is why the price tag is as big as it is. However, you could make a case that Los Angeles is playing the better hockey of the two right now, which includes stopping a red-hot Flyers team on the road in addition to the fact that Boston has played down to some of their opposition as of late and it hasn’t fared well for the B’s. I think Los Angeles and the plus money is worth a shot here.