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Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings - 12/31/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Kings (15-21-3) at Colorado Avalanche (19-13-7)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -200 / Los Angeles Kings +165 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
Alti, FSW
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NHL | Los Angeles Kings (15-21-3) at Colorado Avalanche (19-13-7)
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The Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in NHL action at the Pepsi Center.

The Los Angeles Kings look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Kings are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Dustin Brown leads Los Angeles with 10 goals, Drew Doughty has 19 assists and Anze Kopitar has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Los Angeles Kings are allowing three goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jonathan Quick has given up 46 goals on 477 shots faced and Jack Campbell has allowed 27 goals on 352 shots. The Los Angeles Kings have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Colorado Avalanche could also use a win that would snap a four-game losing streak. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Gabriel Landeskog leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 44 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 177 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 64 goals on 741 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 48 goals on 502 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

The Kings are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 7-19 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Avalanche are 8-3 in their last 11 Monday games, 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Kings are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Avalanche last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Kings last 5 overall.

The Los Angeles Kings have been a tough team to figure out and have played awful on the road this season. The Colorado Avalanche should be favored here, but I'm not laying this much juice with a team that's lost four straight and has won just four games over the last month. The Kings have also won five of the last six meetings against the Avalanche. Based on the value, the Kings and the big plus money is worth a shot in the dark.

Pick:
Los Angeles Kings +165

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