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Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Colorado Avalanche (16-15-2) at Los Angeles Kings (21-10-4)
Date & Time Thursday December 21, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Kings -195 / Colorado Avalanche +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
Altitude, FS-West
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The Los Angeles Kings welcome the Colorado Avalanche to town for a late night NHL bout on Thursday. 

The Colorado Avalanche have been better then we have seen from this team in recent years but at the end of the day the team is 7th in the Central. Colorado has been  playing well of late with victories in four of six capped off by a 4-2 win versus the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Chad Ruhwedel and Evgeni Malkin scored for the Penguins with Ruhwedel also posting an assist.

The Avalanche received a pair of goals from Tyson Barrie with JT Compher and Mikko Rantanen also finding the scoring column. Sven Andrighetto supplied a pair of assists with Semyon Varlamov recording 30 saves for Colorado. Matt Murray stopped 33 shots in a losing effort for the Penguins. 

The Los Angeles Kings went from unbeatable for a few weeks to a three game skid on the road before getting back in the win column with a 4-1 victory at Philadelphia to end a four game road swing on a positive note. The red hot Flyers received a goal from Jacub Voracek with 21 saves from Brian Elliott as their six game winning streak ended. 

Los Angeles was balanced on offense with four different players scoring. Alec Martinez, Trevor Lewis, Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli each lit the lamp for the Kings. Nick Shore have Los Angeles a pair of helpers and Jonathan Quick recorded 36 stops to pick up the win.

Over is 3-0-1 in Avalanche last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 7-1-1 in Avalanche last 9 Thursday games and Avalanche are 4-24 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Kings are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and Kings are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and over is 2-0-2 in Kings last 4 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. Under is 6-1-4 in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles and under is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings and Avalanche are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles. 

This isn’t cut and dry with Los Angeles cooling off a bit but I’ll go with the Kings pending goalies…

Pick:
LA Kings -.5 // will update

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